Israel is defeated by Ai. Joshua and the elders know that God is angry, but they don’t know why. Joshua tears his clothes fall on his face before the ark of the LORD until the evening, and he and the elders of Israel put dust upon their heads. Joshua as servant and leader is concerned about Israel and how Israel’s dishonor in battle provides an opportunity for the rest of Canaan to come and destroy them.
But, as a servant of God, Joshua is also concerned about how Israel’s defeat reflects on God, his wisdom and power, his goodness and faithfulness. As God’s creation our primary concern is in all things is to let God be glorified and welcome his whole will. Joshua could have blamed his spies and army for his defeat. Instead, as a servant of God, he humbled himself and asked God the question, and what wilt thou do unto thy great name?
In victory (Jericho) and defeat (Ai), it’s not about us, it’s about God, his glory, and his will.
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