Devotionals Poor Decision Making, and How it Has an Impact on Others

Joshua 7:1 But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things;Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of them. So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel.

Reading chapter 7 of the book of Joshua, and after reading I have to admit I was a bit sad. Within the book of Joshua; God appoints Joshua as the new leader (after the death of of Moses) to lead the Israelites over the Jordan River, and provides them with new land.

 After granting the Israelites favor, and strength to conquer cities; God gives the people, specific orders to follow regarding the taking of the land and left over goods. A specific order he requires of them, is to not steal the leftover silver, gold, and bronze from the houses and people of the land they are taking. He wanted the Israelites to devote the goods to the Lord's House/Church. Unfortunately, temptation sets in, and an Israelite named Achan , steals some of  the things.Because of the decision Achan made; God is angry with the Israelites and punishes them as a whole. Because of one mans bad decision, all of the people have to suffer. 

What may sound like unfairness to us; exemplifies how our bad decisions, can have an impact on others. Achan did not listen to God, and neither did Adam and Eve. When God told Adam and Eve not to eat from "The Garden of Eden", they did,  and this is why we ALL live in sin today.

How many times have you or I made the wrong decisions, and not thought about how our actions affect the next person?  Yes we will make mistakes as we are not perfect; however, if we listen to that small voice inside of us, we will think twice before acting out, or concluding our next step.

When I was younger, I would do little mischievous things and tell my cousin to participate . After doing the things we shouldn't have been, the two of us would get caught, the both of us would get spankings. Man oh man,  if I had thought about the consequences beforehand, I would not have got my cousin involved. Because of my actions, he/she was punished, when in reality it was all my fault.

Friends, and family; Let's strive to try to make the right decisions, and do the right thing today. The enemy is always on the lurk, and trying to set us up to do wrong, but it's that little voice inside that pushes us to make the most sense of our decisions, and to choose to do right. To better decision-making today. As I encourage you, I encourage myself.

With Love,