And the lord said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land:
There is an interesting progression in these chapters. Chapter six closes with a tremendous victory and chapter seven opens with defeat. Joshua had just lead Israel in a wonderful victory by the hand of God over the city of Jericho and then we open chapter seven with the word but. What a contrast, from fame (chap.6) to failure (chap.7)! How sad.
We must never get the spiritual big-head. When we think that we can stand in our own strength we are doomed to failure. As children of God if we allow sin to be harbored in our lives God will remove His power from us and the smallest of our enemies will bring on us defeat. There can be no victory in our lives until ye take away the accursed thing from among you (7:13).
Who spoke the words of chapter 8:1 to Joshua? It was God. It wasn’t Moses that Joshua must depend on it was God. And when we yield ourselves to the plan of God that is when we will no longer have to live in fear of defeat. Victory is ours through the promise of God.