In the book of Joshua, the Israelites were defeated after they sinned against God. Joshua falls before God, at a loss for what to do next. God reveals the truth to Joshua, commanding him to get up and do what needs to be done. From this story, we learn several key truths about how God handles sin:
1. Sin Angers God. The truth is that, if God never got angry, He wouldn’t be just or righteous. Certain things upset God, and it’s imperative for us to know and avoid those things out of worshipful obedience to Him. This also teaches us it’s all right for us to get angry, in a righteous way, as well.
2. Sin is a Choice. Sinning against God, and loving God, are both choices we make. God doesn’t force us to obey Him—that wouldn’t be sincere love. However, when we sin, there will be consequences. When we follow Him, we’ll abide with Him and enjoy a truly abundant life.
3. God Never Messes Up. Our inclination can be to blame God for our problems. However, in the case of sin, our own trespasses bring about consequences. God is not at fault for our sins; we are to blame. God never messes up, so it’s essential that we remember to Whom we’re talking when we come before God.
When we maintain a correct perspective on who God is, and what sin is, we’ll see that sin never truly pays off. Our fullest life is abiding with God, obeying Him out of love. As we walk with Him, we’ll start to see things from His perspective, and more fully understand that He is all we truly need.
Dr. Derek Grier