But what's this? Our boy, Joshua, is flat on his face, clothes torn, dirt on his head. And now, he's whining to God.
7 Joshua cried out to the Lord, “O Jehovah, why have you brought us over the Jordan River if you are going to let the Amorites kill us? Why weren’t we content with what we had? Why didn’t we stay on the other side? 8 O Lord, what am I to do now that Israel has fled from her enemies! 9 For when the Canaanites and the other nearby nations hear about it, they will surround us and attack us and wipe us out. And then what will happen to the honor of your great name?” (Joshua 7:7-9 TLB)
10-11 But the Lord said to Joshua, “Get up off your face! Israel has sinned and disobeyed my commandment and has taken loot when I said it was not to be taken; and they have not only taken it, they have lied about it and have hidden it among their belongings. 12 That is why the people of Israel are being defeated. That is why your men are running from their enemies—for they are cursed. I will not stay with you any longer unless you completely rid yourselves of this sin. (Joshua 7:10-11)
How often have I messed up royally, intentionally or not? And when I had to face the music, didn't I start whining (or blaming)?
Dear Reader, I'm thankful God told Joshua to man up, clean up, and move on! When I "...fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), I don't need pity. What I need is to repent, accept the consequences and move on. I need to man up.
We all make mistakes. How do you recover and move on? Is it easier for you to accept God's grace, the grace of others, or to cut yourself some slack?