“I saw, I coveted, I took, and I concealed in my tent”.
This is basically what Achan confessed to doing when he disobeyed the Lord’s command and took some of the spoils of war that the Lord had forbidden the Israelites from taking.
Here’s the exact text from the Scriptures:
“…When I saw among the spoil a beautiful mantle from Shinar and two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold fifty shekels in weight, then I coveted them and took them; behold, they are concealed in the earth inside my tent with the silver underneath it.” (Joshua 7:21, NASB, emphasis mine)
Well, if everyone of us were to make an honest confession, it would most likely sound like Achan’s. Because inside our individual ‘tents’ that are our bodies, we all have some questionable stuff concealed away. And it ought not to be so!
Because of Achan’s sin, God’s judgment upon the entire tribe of Israel was swift and deadly. So are the various sinful habits – or even one-time actions that we took in the past – that we’ve concealed away in our innermost selves, causing God’s judgment to deny us all the goodies that He has promised to those who diligently walk in His holiness.
Galatians 6:7-8 is clear on this:
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (NASB)
In verse 8, substitute the word ‘flesh’ with ‘tent’ and what you have is: ‘the one who sows to his own tent will from his tent reap corruption.’ From the evils that a man sees, covets, commits, and then hides away in his tent, he will reap the corresponding judgment.
The same verse 8 offers a better alternative: Sowing to the Spirit, that we may from the Spirit reap eternal life. Note that ‘Spirit” is written in capital S. That means the statement refers to the Holy Spirit of God.
Instead of living to please our flesh with worldly sinful pleasures, to feed and fill our tents with evil and ill-gotten ‘spoils’, we are to live holy lives that are pleasing to the Spirit of God. We are to do things that do not defile us within, for as the Apostle Paul rightly said, ‘our tents (bodies) are the temples of the Holy Spirit.’
Here’s the exact statement by Paul in 1Corinthians 6:19:
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own…” (NIV)
Yes, it is not easy to please God AT ALL TIMES. But it is possible! He would not require it from us if it were impossible. So let us diligently heed the words of Galatians 6:9, which says:
“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” (NASB)
When we heed these words we reap in two ways:
1. By enjoying the goodness and greatness of God here on earth, as His promises to those who truly follow Him in His righteousness begin to manifest in our lives.
2. By making heaven, where we can actually fully enjoy the fruit our labor FOR ETERNITY!
So you see, corrupting our tents with the pleasures of this world do not just keep us from truly enjoying this world. It prevents us from making it into heaven FOR ETERNITY!
WHAT GOOD IS IT TO ‘ENJOY’ THIS WORLD FOR A FEW YEARS, AND THEN END UP IN FIERY MISERY FOR ETERNITY???
Hiding anything in your tent? Confess it all to God. He has already provided the cleansing agent – His precious blood – to make you clean and ready to be filled with His virtues and goodness.
So I beg of you dear brother or sister: Consciously decide that you want to make heaven! Then consciously set out to clean out your tent!You could die at ANY MOMENT! In that MOMENT OF TRUTH please don’t be found full of things that would deny you entrance into Heaven.