“Then the Lord said to Joshua: ‘Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; take all the people of war with you, and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, his people, his city, and his land.’” Joshua 8:1
Have you ever made a huge mistake? In Joshua 6, the Lord told the children of Israel, “By all means keep yourself from the accursed things,” but in Joshua 7 we read, “But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan took accursed things; so the anger of the Lord burned against the children of Israel.” It was a huge mistake for the children of Israel not to listen to the Word of the Lord, and they all suffered as a result, especially Achan and his family.
Notice how Joshua 7 starts with the word “but” and Joshua 8 starts with the word “then”. This reveals that although our mistakes can cause a lot of misery for ourselves and others, the Lord never gives up on us. Sometimes we give up on ourselves, but the Lord never will. He loves us and wants to use us even when we don’t always obey Him.
I love what British preacher F. W. Robertson said in a sermon he gave on August 12, 1849: “Life, like war, is a series of mistakes, and he is not the best Christian nor the best general who makes the fewest false steps. Poor mediocrity may secure that; but he is best who wins the most splendid victories by the retrieval of mistakes. Forget mistakes; organize victories out of mistakes.”
This Wednesday night we are going to open up Joshua 8 in order to learn how God organized victories out of the children of Israel’s mistakes. If you have ever made a huge mistake you will be certain to receive a huge blessing by joining us for our Midweek Study. It begins at 6:30 and we are meeting in a new home. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for directions.
Also, I made a huge mistake and forgot to announce Sunday that we are having our men’s prayer meeting tonight at the Allcott’s home at 7:00pm. Hope to see you there.
God bless you all!