Why am I not walking in victory?
Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings. Therefore the people of Israel cannot stand before their enemies… Joshua 7:11-12a
This verse is extremely important to me and to us as believers. According to the verse above : “Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them:” they cannot stand before their enemies. Wow, the LORD is so clear here, why? I believe because He’s always clear, His Word, has not been given to us to cause us to stumble, but to stop us from stumbling away from Him. He clearly tells us what we need to find the joyful, victorious blessedness of living for and with Him. It is our own sinful nature that would chose to walk against Him.
So what can I learn about my own life as I meditate on this? I can see I have an enemy, satan and all his demons, I also have the enemy of my own carnality. So when I am not putting the LORD first, loving him with all my heart than I cannot fight, I cannot stand against those things that my flesh would be drawn to, nor do I have the strength to stand against the devils devices which he would love to destroy me with. Thank You JESUS for your words that keep us focused on the straight and narrow road and you have given us Your .
In the old Testament JESUS was no different than He is in the new, however because of the old and the new we are given very views of His character and the way in which He thinks about our actions and what goes on in our hearts. We know that absolutely GOD the Father and our LORD JESUS CHRIST, loves us, and He loved His people back then. If you have given yourself over to the work of the cross, as the final atoning sacrifice made for your life, you come to trust, whether you understand everything or not, that what He says is true, and you can look at the actions in the old testament and believe without doubt that there is always a right and holy reason for His actions. He always put off carrying out punishments as long as He could and warned His people if they continued to sin against Him that He would have to act. He was clear and to me that is love, He didn’t and does’t want us to fail to stand with Him in all His glory as Kingdom children.
So we see here in Joshua a definite and clearly spoken statement that the reason that Joshua and his men did not succeed in battle was because they had not followed His explicit directions or commands.
Joshua was on His face crying out to GOD about this, and rather than seek GOD for why this happened, began with statements such as this, “And Joshua said, “Alas, O Lord God, why have you brought this people over the Jordan at all, to give us into the hands of the Amorites, to destroy us? Would that we had been content to dwell beyond the Jordan!”