Are You Trying To Hide Your Sin And Think That God Does Not Know About It?

But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the Lord burned against the children of Israel
— Joshua 7:1

Israel had violated the instructions from the Lord about the things set apart for the Him.  A man named Achan had stolen some of these dedicated things, so the Lord was very angry with the Israelites.  

There haven’t been very many times in my four decades of ministry when someone has voluntarily come forward and said they had done something wrong.  Most of the time, people will not come forward and admit their wrongdoing unless they’ve been caught.

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That was the case with Achan. There was sin in the Israelites' camp, and it had been committed by him. God had given strict instructions when they attacked Jericho that "everything made from silver, gold, bronze, or iron is sacred to the Lord and must be brought into his treasury" (Joshua 6:19). Achan took some of those things and kept them for himself, and no one knew it, but God was fully aware of it.

After Jericho, Israel suffered a defeat from the tiny city of Ai and It was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Achan was the reason for Israel's defeat.  I’ll paraphrase what Achan said in Joshua 7:21 after he realized he had been caught with his hand in the cookie jar.  "Among the plunder I saw a beautiful robe from Babylon, 200 silver coins, and a bar of gold weighing more than a pound. I wanted them so much that I took them. They are hidden in the ground beneath my tent, with the silver buried deeper than the rest".

Notice the three steps to Achan’s sin: I saw . . . I wanted . . . I took.  This is how most sins happen.  First Achan saw.  It isn't the first look that gets us into trouble; it is always the second one.  Then Achan wanted, or coveted, what he saw.  Coveting is a greedy desire to have something, no matter what it costs you or anyone else.  And lastly, Achan acted.

The Bible says, "Your sin will find you out" (Numbers 32:23).  It found Achan out, and it will find us out as well.  It is not a matter of if; it is only a matter of when.  One man’s sin cost Israel a defeat (men killed) and it also cost his family their live’s.  Your sin not only affects you, but it can also affect others.  Just like Jonna when the sailors were in fear of losing their lives in Jonna’s storm.  The Bible is clear, “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.  Aching took 3 steps down: he saw…. he wanted…he took.  There was no confession until he was caught. 

This is not a popular sermon but you can be sure your sin will find you out!  Don’t wait until you get caught, confession can spare you and others from a lot of pain.  God Bless!