“20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:
21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.
22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it.
23 And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the Lord.
24 And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor.
25 And Joshua said, Why have you troubled us? the Lord shall trouble you this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.
26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the Lord turned from the fierceness of His anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The Valley of Achor, unto this day.” Joshua 7:20-26
As Achan coveted the Babylonian riches, so too does the modern church covet worldly riches. The modern church ascribes her blessings to her methods and philosophies to achieve worldly goods and uses them to seduce the Child of God into their own apostate fold by adding Scripture to the methods presented. The Valley of Achor became a place of great horror for Achan because of his covetousness of the Babylonian riches.
“14 Therefore, behold, I (GOD) will allure her (Israel), and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.
15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the Valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.” Hosea 2:14-15
The valley of horror became a vale of hope for the Israelites. There are some who have spun a web of horror in their lives. The lusts of the flesh and the deceitfulness of sin have resulted in attaining many a worldly goods; shekels of silver and gold have been won by the vain philosophies and have no doubt been revealed as a snare; bait to entice others down the road of apostasy.
“2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” Acts 3:2-8
There are some whom the Lord has brought into the wilderness, to the valley of horror, but this valley of horror is now a door of hope yet seeing they do not see. The devil maintains his lies while God’s Children vainly attempt to gain His blessings through methods of man. Instead of walking through the door of blessing made available to us by our Lord Jesus Christ through His redeeming work on Calvary’s Cross, we stand at the door in fear.
“And He (Jesus) said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
The Cross of Christ was a place of great sorrow for our Lord…it was a valley of horror. Yet for us, the Cross of Christ is a vale of Hope that we must pick up in order to follow Him. When we go through valley’s of despair, unpleasant circumstances sometimes caused by our failures, there remains a Door of Hope afforded the repentant Saint, a cross to pick up with the blessings of God.
There are many broken sitting at the gate called Beautiful who need someone to take them by the hand lead them to the Door of Hope…Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
“9 I (Jesus) am the Door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:9-10
God’s Arm is not shortened. If sin has hindered your walk with the Lord, confess such sin to the Lord and walk through the Door of Hope…you will find life more abundantly.
-Donna Clark Warren