Avoid Russian Roulette

19 Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the Lord God of Israel and give praise to him. And tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.” 20 And Achan answered Joshua, “Truly I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and this is what I did: 21 when I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels, then I coveted them and took them. And see, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath.” 22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and behold, it was hidden in his tent with the silver underneath. 23 And they took them out of the tent and brought them to Joshua and to all the people of Israel. And they laid them down before the Lord. 24 And Joshua and all Israel with him took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver and the cloak and the bar of gold, and his sons and daughters and his oxen and donkeys and sheep and his tent and all that he had. And they brought them up to the Valley of Achor. 25 And Joshua said, “Why did you bring trouble on us? The Lord brings trouble on you today.” And all Israel stoned him with stones. They burned them with fire and stoned them with stones. 26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones that remains to this day. Then the Lord turned from his burning anger. Therefore, to this day the name of that place is called the Valley of Achor. ~  Joshua 7:19-26

I saw a video the other day where a little small dog would jump the neighbor’s fence just to provoke the two dogs next dog, which were much bigger than himself. When the two dogs came charging out, he would jump back over, and they would chase each other up and down the fence. Him on one side, and they on the other. To the small dog it seemed like fun, but I wonder what would have happened if he got caught on the wrong side of the fence?

That is what Achan did. He played the Russian Roulette game and lost. He got caught on the wrong side of the fence.

Adultery and Idolatry always go together; they are synonyms. Adultery is spiritual idolatry, and idolatry is spiritual adultery, as we saw earlier. They’re interchangeable. God always likens idolatry to sexual unfaithfulness to Him.

Therefore, be careful when playing games with your soul. It may seem like you’re winning and are unstoppable, but that’s all just an illusion to keep you playing the game so that one day you’re so far gone that you won’t even realize the bullet has struck you and you’ve spiritually died.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Avoid Russian Roulette.

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