4/9/16: Take Inventory

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During my college days at Biola, I worked at Bullock’s department store. Once every year we would take an inventory of all the merchandise. All the employees would stay half the night after the store closed and count every item that was on sale. It was tedious work, especially when counting little things like pieces of jewelry, belts, and socks. If we ran across something that wasn’t supposed to be in our department, we had to find out where it belonged and return it to its proper location in the store. We all stayed – no one could go home and rest – until everything that was supposed to be in our department was properly accounted for.

Joshua was forced to take an inventory almost immediately upon entering the Promised Land. The children of Israel were given strict orders as to what they could and couldn’t acquire when they overtook Jericho. But wouldn’t you know it, one guy, Achan, decided that the rules didn’t apply to him. As he was ravaging the city, he went into a house and laid his eyes on “a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels” (Joshua 7:21 NKJ), so he took them back to the Israelite camp and hid them in his tent. His disobedience got 36 men killed on their first run against Ai because God wasn’t with them. Joshua had to inventory everyone to find the person responsible for the defeat because God told him, “…There is an accursed thing in your midst, O Israel; you cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you” Joshua 7:13 (NKJ).

Sometimes it’s a good idea to take an inventory of our lives. Even while we’re on the battlefield for the Lord, we may allow little things to creep in that shouldn’t be there. Is everything in our lives as it should be? Is there anything happening that should not be happening? If so, stop it. Is anything resident (attitudes, unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred, malice, etc) that shouldn’t be present in our “tents”? If so, remove it. We will not stand strong before our enemy until we take the accursed thing from among us.

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2 Responses to “4/9/16: Take Inventory”

  1. Love this blog!!! One of my alike favs 😊

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  2. I too have helped inventory items at a variety of places of employment. Introspection is extremely valuable in maintaining a Christian life. For me; however, a personal inventory is useful only when it brings about repentance and my actively returning to a right relationship with God. Input from other Christians is especially useful since everyone has “blind spots” and needs constructive comments to remove sin from their life. Once a Christian is corrected, that person should reach out to a brother or sister in Christ who has corrected them so that they may return to a right relationship with God through help of the indwelling Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ who sits at God’s right hand serving as our mediator to God.

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