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The story begins with Achan, the son of Karmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, who took some of the things that God forbids them to take from Jericho because it was all meant to be destroyed. So the Lord’s wrath came upon the Israelites.

Near the Beth Aven to the east of Bethel, Joshua sent men to Ai and told them, “Go up and spy out the region”. When the men returned they said to Joshua that only two to three thousand soldiers are needed to take down the land of Ai. So, three thousand men were sent to Ai, but they were easily routed by the men of Ai and about 36 Israelites were killed.

Joshua called upon God, fell facedown before the ark of the Lord and asked why did He let them pass the Jordan if He will only let them get destroyed by the Amorites. God answered Joshua, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face?11 Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. 12 That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction” (Joshua 7:10-12)

God told Joshua to consecrate the people and surrender what they took. He told them that Israel couldn’t stand against their enemies until they remove them. So Joshua called Israel by tribes and Judah was chosen. In Judah’s tribe, Achan was chosen, and right there he confessed what he has done. Joshua told him, “Why have you brought this trouble on us? The LORD will bring trouble on you today.” And on that day, he was brought to the valley of Achor where he was stoned to death and burned with all his possessions.

In life, we thought it would be a smooth walk in the park where everything will go according to what you had planned. But there will always be an Achan or stumbling block that will trip and make us stumble. A stumbling block can be something, someone or even you yourself who forbids you to progress, an obstacle that forbids your plan to succeed. If ever you discover that you are someone’s stumbling block try to change and never be anyone else’s obstacle again. Here are three points you can do so you can prevent being a stumbling block:

1. Don’t Give Excuses – Stop making excuses because sometimes these excuses are the stumbling blocks in your life. Just like in the parable of the great banquet, where Jesus invited people to come to His home but each of them has their own excuses. Despite Jesus’ offer of a great banquet they chose to refuse for some petty reasons, their wealth, their work, and their own personal lives.

2. Watch Your Actions – Sometimes the littlest actions that you thought isn’t doing any harm can be your stumbling block. And some of it is littering in public places, loading, and unloading in no loading and unloading areas, smoke belching, and even the wearing/doing what is trending. These things may not matter to you but it has consequences that can make you stumble.

3. Double Check Your Beliefs – As Christians, we spread the gospel of love of God. But sometimes, we became so passionate about our belief to the point that when we meet someone that does not share the same belief that we have, we easily judge him or her. This unintentional act can be our downfall, so it is important for us to double check our belief.