Ever need to choose a gift for someone who already has everything? God is one of those, times ten to the power of infinity. Using the mathematical symbol for infinity, the lemniscate, we could write it One of Those x 10∞
That is to say, God has everything, and we can give him nothing he doesn’t already have.
Yet God is pleased to accept the glory that we are pleased to give Him.
Where do you get that, Luke?
From Joshua’s words to Achan.
Achan had disobeyed God, was responsible for thirty lives lost and had dug himself into the hole of a situation that would become his grave. The night before, when the culprit was still unknown by name, God had pronounced the sentence, capital punishment for a capital crime.
To Achan, the culprit, the persistent rebel, the troubler of the nation, the condemned, Joshua’s invitation was startling in gentleness.
“My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me.” (Joshua 7:19)
It was too late for Achan to obey, to fess up, to save his skin, to save the thirty men whose lives he had squandered. Yet even on the dawn of his last day, moments before his death, there was an opportunity to give God glory. The invitation to give implies God’s willingness to receive. Achan would go down in history, his life a lesson of what not to do. Yet, even from there, he could give…glory to the LORD God of Israel. Achan accepted this invitation, he confessed what he had done, he acknowledged it as sin, he gave God glory.
What God was willing to receive from Achan, he is willing to receive from us.