That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction. Joshua 7:12 NIV
What in your life is “devoted to destruction“?
I know that seems like a silly question, perhaps even a harsh question, but it’s not to God. He wants us to rid ourselves of anything that is devoted to our downfall.
In the passage above, the people of God had lost a major battle. People were killed in the process. Joshua fell upon his face before the Lord. “What has happened to our blessing?”, Joshua must have thought. He cried out to the Lord and the Lord said, “Get off your face Joshua!”
God said that Joshua and the Israelites needed to rid themselves of anything that was standing between them and God. Joshua went to the people and found a man who had been worshipping idols. The people took that man from the city and stoned him to death.
Pretty powerful stuff! Yet, God takes devotion very seriously. Thankfully we are living outside the days of the law. We are now living in days of grace. Even in these times, however, those things that have our deepest devotion should be dedicated and pleasing to God, because in the end, the life we’ve lived for Christ, our family and others will be the life we value most! Other things will matter far less, if even at all.
What in your life is devoted to destruction? What do you need to rid from you life so that you can more fully trust and serve God? Is fear an issue in your life? Do you tend to worry unnecessarily? Is money your chief motivator? Would you put your career before your service to God? Are you greedy? Do you hold grudges? Are you prejudiced? Do you need to accept God’s forgiveness or forgive yourself for mistakes made? (Here’s a space for you to insert your own. _______________________ )
I need to warn you of something: ANYTHING THAT COMES BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS EVENTUALLY DEVOTED TO DESTRUCTION!
God wants us to rid our lives of those things that take us away from a total oneness with Him! Ask God to help you today!