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Give Him the Praise

I have been reading in Joshua and have been reminded of all of the
rich lessons. Today I read from Joshua chapter six. I saw again the
obvious lessons from Achan’s sin. The sin of one becomes the sin of
the whole nation (“the Lord’s anger burned against Israel” v.1).
Joshua as a godly leader did not need to whine before the Lord instead
he needed to go and take care of business; there was sin in the camp
(“Stand up, what are you doing down on your face? Israel has sinned”

However, I saw something today that I had not seen before. Joshua
said to Achan, “My son give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, and
give him the praise” (v. 19a). Did Joshua want Achan just to break out
in song, in a prayer of praise, to share how good God has been in his
life? No, Joshua told Achan to give glory to the Lord by telling the
truth. “Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me” (v.19b).
Honesty, integrity, taking responsibility for our sins is one way that
we praise and give glory to God.

I definitely believe that we need to praise God through song, through
sincere worship, lifting up our hands giving glory to God. Yet, do we
consider that through our daily lives, our words, our treatment of
others and our ownership and repentance of the sins we commit in fact
is giving glory to God? I love finding small treasures like this in
God’s word. It is living, active and sharper than any double-edged
sword (Hebrews 4:12). What treasures are you finding?

Posted via email from Jay Jarboe

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