Monday, August 5, 2019

In Slow Motion--The Achan Affect

'The Fool Says in his heart,' "There is no God." --Psalm 14:1

The 'fool' referred to in this Scripture verse is any person who either lacks wisdom, or who is unable to muster his/her own wisdom to connect the dots between his existence and that of God. So he engages in actions and activities, most of them wicked and ungodly, and because he does not receive immediate rebuke from God thinks He does not exist, or that God does not care about his own conduct. In other words, the one who is given to an ungodly lifestyle or who supports same does not know or does not care that God is long-suffering.

The Achan Affect
God is patient beyond human understanding. This is what those who move against His will and against His truth take for granted, thinking, "nothing is coming." Just like Achan (Joshua 7) who was sure and certain that he had succeeded in stealing from God and from the people, so is the Achan-like actor today. Like Achan, he never understands why he appears to be granted enough time to gloat over his loot and to device plans in his own mind about how to put them to profitable use, all while God watches his every step--perhaps he may find a place in his heart for repentance. This can appear to be in slow motion but the reprisal is certain. Achan was affected by the consequences of his disobedient and disloyal behavior, but so were his fellow citizens who suffered loss in time and human lives.

"When grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness...and do not regard the majesty of the Lord. Lord, your hand is lifted high, but they do not see it." --Isaiah 26:10-11. They do not see the hand of the Lord lifted up to come crashing down on evil works, because they are too busy enjoying their loot, and making plans on how to steal more. It shall be like the day of Achan's punishment when it happens again. For the Achan that is visible today, the pages are gradually closing in, the end is fast approaching!

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