Joshua was the leader of the children of Israel. Yet when he met the Lord as the Commander of the Army of the Lord watch what happened. Joshua 5:14 says, “…And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, What does my Lord say to His servant?”
Note how there was no hesitation to the Commander’s words. Verse 15 says, “Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy. And Joshua did so.”
It is good to take note of how quick we are to obey God’s commands. Any reluctance on our part reveals a hidden reef. We have forgotten something. 2 Peter 1:5-7 says to add these things to our faith: virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.
Verse 8 says that if these things abound in our lives, then we will never be barren nor unfruitful in our knowledge of the Lord. Verse 9 says, “He who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.” Shortsighted, blinded, and deceived are words that describe something like horse blinders. We can only see the temptation that is right in front of us. Hindsight helps us remember that we were cleansed from our sin and therefore dead to it.
Romans 6:11 says, “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin…” Dead things have no response. No matter what the stimuli there is NO response. All stimuli appeal to our flesh. However, when we are dwelling in God’s word, and His word dwells in us, our flesh is starved.
We only fall for satan’s temptations when they entice us through our hidden reefs. Think of it this way. If you go to bed angry, you have a hidden reef. Ephesians 4:26 says, “Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath.” Disobedience is active heart-rebellion.
Numbers 32:23 says, “But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.” Yielding to the temptation reveals the hidden sin. If there was no fleshly longing before you were presented with the temptation, there would be no response to the temptation.
Another example is carrying an offense in our heart. That is a hidden reef. The offended are enticed because they are still holding an earlier offense. The hidden reef has a magnetic power that draws us into the temptation. 2 Peter 1:3 says that we have all things that pertain to life and godliness through our relationship with our Warrior God. That means that His word is His command to obey without hesitation…no hidden reefs.