When Desire Becomes A Trap: Covetousness

Achan brought sin into the whole camp of Israel. Here are his words. Joshua 7:21 says, “When I saw…I coveted them and took them. And there they are hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent…” 

Why did he hide them? He knew that he had violated God’s command, so he could not keep them in the open. Achan’s sin affected everyone around him. They brought him, his family, and his livestock to the Valley of Achor. Achor means trouble. They were stoned. Then the corpses, and the things he had hidden, were burned with fire.

Here is the folly. I’ve asked myself these questions so I am sharing them with you. Hidden sin is sneaky. Have you coveted something and then hid it? What about not forgiving as you were forgiven? Instead you coveted revenge and buried it in your heart. Have you coveted your own will, and when it was crossed you buried anger? Buried anger is just a fleshly tantrum waiting in the shadows to express itself.

What emotional trouble have you buried because you coveted the benefit of hoping it would go away? Here are some telltale signs: walking on eggshells covets peace at all costs, seeking to control because you covet your way, or being a workaholic because you covet financial security. Coveting anything keeps us in spiritual bondage.

Mark 4:22 says, “For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.” This is wonderful news! The Holy Spirit is able to lead us into the light of truth that will set us free.

Hosea the prophet was instructed to take a harlot as his wife. The Lord wanted to help Israel understand how that departing from Him was harlotry. The book of Hosea revealed God’s love for His people. 

I encourage you to read it as though He was speaking to your heart. There is always hope. There is no sin that Jesus did not bear on His body. There is nothing that we have done that He has not redeemed. When we confess our sin? 1 John 1:9 says that He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from our unrighteousness.

Hosea 2:14-15 recorded beautiful pictures of His redeeming love. It says, “Therefore, behold I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her. 

I will give her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.”

Your Valley of Achor was the springboard to expose your hidden sins. Your confession will bring you right to that door of hope that is opened for you to step through. Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

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