banner
bar
penguines March 26 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today’s Bible reading: Joshua 7, 8, 9

Trouble; how to handle it

Nobody wants trouble, but everyone experiences it at one time or another. Troubles that come from outside our influence are challenges to overcome with God's help. Troubles that come from inside of our home, family, business or other organizations, however, can be devastating if not dealt with early. We need to work with God on this, too. How do we handle trouble? Hopefully, today's Bible study will help us with that.

Trouble in the Ranks

Israel was not in the Promised Land of Canaan very long before there was trouble. They were feeling very confident from their victory over Jericho, though the LORD won the battle (they did not do much except march around the city, blow trumpets, and take the city; the LORD knocked the walls down). The next battle, Ai, was an embarrassing loss for Israel. What happened? There was trouble within Israel's ranks; there was sin in the camp. Achan, a brother Israelite, had stolen treasures from Jericho against the LORD's specific instructions, treasures that were devoted to destruction. Here are some lessons we can learn in Joshua 7:1-15 :

  • Trouble can come in little packages; they are not always seen.
  • God is holy and just. God punishes sin; he does not overlook it.
  • Sin affects others besides us.
  • It is important to obey God even in the little things.
  • Sin must be confessed and forsaken for God to restore us and give us victory. God offers you forgiveness, peace, spiritual life and His favor (more...)

After the embarrassing defeat with Ai, Achan and his family were stoned to death, their possessions burned, and then Israel was restored in fellowship with God.

God knew that Joshua and all Israel needed their confidence back so he gave them a winning battle plan. God told Joshua to call out the entire force of Israel. Then Joshua set up an ambush to burn the city when the soldiers of Ai left to chase Israel's army. Israel's main army fled to lure Ai's army away from the city. When the Israelites saw the smoke of the fire set by the ambush, they reversed their retreat and won the victory. Notice that the instructions for the plunder of this city were different than that of Jericho (Joshua 8:2). This time they could keep much of it. If only Achan had waited one more battle, then the LORD would have allowed him to keep some of the plunder. Here is a lesson for us: Be patient and obedient. The LORD will provide all we need and even many things we would desire if we will wait on him. Do not steal or have a “credit card” mentality; do not force things to happen. Wait on the LORD for he is good. He rewards those who wait patiently for him.

After the victory over Ai, Joshua built an altar for worship and sacrifices and led Israel in recommitting themselves to the LORD (Joshua 8:32-35). Then on stone slabs he copied the complete Law of Moses (probably the book of Deuteronomy) in the presence of all the Israelites and read all of the Law with its blessings and cursings on the Mountains of Gerizim and Ebal in Canaan as God required (Deuteronomy 11:26-30). Joshua led the people with complete obedience. He led them with righteousness, respect, and honor for God. He knew the Rock of Israel was their confidence. In times of trouble, God can be the Rock of our confidence. Good spiritual leaders will lead their families, churches or other organizations to worship and obey the LORD.

Trouble Outside our Influence

When the kings in Canaan heard what was done to Jericho and Ai, they banded together to fight Israel. The Gibeonites, however, resorted to a ruse (Joshua 9:3-27). In fear of Israel, the Gibeonites feigned themselves to have come from a far country. They asked for a peace treaty. Joshua and the Israelites believed their convincing story but did not ask the LORD. They were deceived. Israel granted the peace treaty then found out they had been tricked. Because they had made an oath to them, however, they were honor bound to keep it. To make the best out of a bad situation, they put the Gibeonites into forced labor, carrying wood and water. The Gibeonites became a burden to the Israelites because they had to defend not only their own people but the Gibeonites as well. Here is another lesson for us: We may or may not be able to detect trouble from outside sources, but when it comes we must seek the counsel of the LORD on everything questionable. Perhaps then we will not be deceived and suffer negative consequences.

Lessons to live by:

  • Sin must be confessed and forsaken for God to restore us and give us victory. God offers you forgiveness, peace, spiritual life and His favor (more...)
  • Trouble can come in little packages; they are not always seen. God is holy and just. God punishes sin; he does not overlook it. Sin affects others besides us. It is important to obey God even in the little things. Sin must be confessed and forsaken for God to restore us and give us victory.
  • Good spiritual leaders will lead their families, churches or other organizations to worship and obey the LORD.
  • The LORD will provide all we need and even many things we would desire if we will wait on him. Do not steal or have a “credit card” mentality; do not force things to happen. Wait on the LORD. He is good, and he rewards those who wait patiently for him.
  • In times of trouble God can be the Rock of our confidence. Spiritual leaders will lead their families, churches or other organizations to worship and obey the LORD.
  • We may or may not be able to detect trouble from outside sources, but when it comes we must seek the counsel of the LORD on everything questionable. Perhaps then we will not be deceived and suffer negative consequences.

Today's Bible memory verse:

Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. (NIV)

praying girl Write a private prayer response to today’s Bible study:

Please send your comments to mtbiblestudies@gmail.com

Previous Lesson  |  Next Lesson

Back to top of page
Return to Chronological Bible Studies main page
Go to Scriptures main page
Go to Topics main page
Go to Home page

Scripture
Contact Us
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

COPYRIGHT @ 2016, MASTER'S TOUCH BIBLE STUDIES