His name was Achan, and He was an Israelite that hid a great sin.

He disobeyed God by coveting and keeping some of the enemy’s treasures after the battle of Jericho (Joshua 7). To me, it seems like such a simple command to destroy what God says to.

Lamentations 3:25- Burning trash

Though in reality, we long for things that will satisfy us. And so often, these longings end up controlling and destroying us.

I know because I hid a great secret like Achan. When a leadership opportunity presented itself to me, it ended up separating me from God.

Deceiving Myself

Why? Because I had a deep longing that distracted me from God. The longing grew from the repetitive and tiresome day-to-day care of my family and household.

So I saw the leadership position as exciting, challenging, and a fulfilling outlet. And I jumped on it without seeking God’s counsel.

Proverbs 15:4 -praying woman

My prayers turned from asking God what I should do into asking Him to help me do what I wanted to. As with Achan’s story, I deceived myself and others.

Building Upon Fear

As a result, I became physically ill from trying to make it work the way I did. It all culminated in a trip to the emergency room to realize how far I had strayed from God.

Proverbs 15:4 - emergency room

Because the stress of the extra work and the fight to do it was too much to bear on my own person. And God confirmed this by saying,”That which is built upon fear cannot be sustained.”

I cannot seek a position outside of the home because I feel trapped. That’s building upon fear instead of the Rock of Jesus Christ.

Submitting Fully

So what happened next? I fully submitted to God’s will, asking Him what He wanted me to do.

And what happened next would surprise you! He kept that leadership position open for me, but with one condition: to do things His way instead of my way.

Proverbs 15:4 - cross

To, at all times, cast my cares upon Him through praying continually. And to seek His face by studying His Word every day.

Longing For More

God doesn’t want to keep us from the things we long for, but He wants to protect us from how we attain them. Rather than jump through hoops, risking my family and my health, He wants to make the path easy, enjoyable, life-giving, unifying, and edifying to all involved.

So friend, if there’s something in your life which you truly long for (car, job, spouse, etc.), confess to God your longings and ask Him for His direction. Because He wants us to reach out to Him, comforting and encouraging us instead of discouraging and disabling us.

Proverbs 15:4 - hands touching

He longs to motivate and uplift us rather than condemning and blaming us. And more importantly, He desires to build up our lives upon the foundation of His love instead of the foundation of our fears!

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