Linda is away during March, Clayton Bjelan brings you today’s devotion…
As we wrestled, one of our heels went straight through the plaster…
Reference: v21 “When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.” (TNIV Bible)
Explore: My brother and I loved competition as kids/teenagers. We loved playing sports, video games or board games – and everything we did we competed in! We both loved competition, but sometimes tempers boiled over.
I remember one time when tempers flared as teenagers. Mum and Dad were out and we ended up wrestling, very aggressively, (ok, ok, I’ll be truly honest – we were wrestling trying to hurt each other!). And eventually, as we wrestled, one of our heels went straight through the plaster section of wall between our two rooms.
Needless to say, we were suddenly no longer adversaries, but instead comrades as we worked out how to best cover the hole before Mum and Dad found out.
Solution? We moved a Batman poster down from eye level to foot level to cover the hole. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for Mum and Dad to find the hole!
Application: The Israelite army had just had a miraculous victory over the city of Jericho and they were told not to take anything for themselves – instead to consecrate it all for the Lord. However, Achan stashed away some of the loot.
As we read the story of Achan, I’m reminded that, just like our Batman poster cover-up attempt, you always get found out! God knows what’s going on in your life and where your heart truly is – there’s no hiding from him.
Another lesson that I think we need to take from Achan, is that our cover-ups so often hurt those around us too (Achan, along with his family and animals, was stoned and burned).
Prayer: Dear God, if I am trying to gloss over sin in my life, trying to cover it up, help me remember that You know it already and that You are full of grace and mercy, and ready to forgive, Amen.
Check your heart – is there sin or another form of cover-up that you are not dealing with? If so, what are you going to do about it?
This article was written by Clayton Bjelan