READ: Joshua 7:1-8:35 (esp., v1)
- The first verse sets the stage for the next story which takes two chapters to tell. If the reader stopped at verse 2, he/she would know Israel was in trouble and why, but wouldn’t know how the story came about. The sadness begins with the opening word, “But.” That conjunction reverses everything. The previous story ends on such a positive note. Then…
- In a matter of days their trust became distrust. The “people broke faith…” God had promised them victory over the city, and they experienced it. He had commanded that the entire city be devoted to Him. He’d been faithful and asked for faithfulness in return. And therein is the disappointment, He didn’t get it.
- But does that really surprise us? Moses wasn’t even down from the mountain and Israel worshiped a golden calf. God had just released them from 400 years of slavery, delivered them through the Red Sea, and yet they feared to enter the promised land because the men seemed so big. Israel always struggled with faithfulness. Maybe that’s just part of the fallen human condition for all of us.
- Describe a time when you followed up God’s faithfulness with moments of unfaithfulness.
- Why do you think it’s so hard for humans to be faithful to God?
- What can we do to cultivate a greater level of faithfulness?
Thank God for His consistent faithfulness. Pray that there are fewer moments of unfaithfulness in our response. Commit to greater levels of faithfulness.