Joshua 8:1 And the Lord said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land:
Past defeat does not mean permanent defeat. Simply by learning from past mistakes you can go back to a place where you had been defeated in the past, and claim your victory.
After recognizing where they went wrong, Joshua and the people of Israel went back to Ai and got their victory. While the disobedience of Achan was the primary reason for the first loss at Ai, there were also other contributing factors. Before going to battle, Joshua sent men to spy out the land of Ai as was done at Jericho. Upon their return they advised Joshua to only send 2,000 to 3,000 men to the battle because the people of Ai were few in number.
That was the first mistake that was made, they were overconfident and ended up taking 3,000 men to battle the 12,000 men that Ai had. The second mistake was that they went to battle with Ai without first consulting God. If they had done so they would have known that it was a bad idea before the loss. However, defeat did not mean that victory was not possible. They got the victory the second time by learning from their mistakes and crafting a new approach.
Three Mistakes The Israelites Made in This Battle:
There were three (3) things that Joshua and the people of Israel did differently the second time around. First, they removed the leaven or sin by destroying Achan and all that he had. The principle this teaches is that in order to rebound from past defeats we must identify and remove habits and beliefs that are contrary to the word of God.
Second, they based their war strategy on divine counsel. The war plan the second time around was built on the wisdom of God and not on man’s counsel. God counseled Joshua to approach the battle against Ai by setting an ambush from behind the city and it worked to perfection. The people of Ai were drawn out of the city by Joshua and his men pretending to be fleeing from them and as they did, the men in ambush came from behind and burned their city, which completely eroded their confidence and they all perished by the sword.
The third thing that the Israelites did differently was to utilize all available resources. While they only took 3,000 men the first time, God instructed them this time around to take all the people of war with them. Practice using all resources that God has given you to get the result you want.
Rebound from past defeats by identifying and removing beliefs that are contrary to the word of God, seek divine counsel and effectively utilize all available resources.
Lord, thank you for your wisdom and direction in circumstances that I once defeated in. I choose to apply your wisdom and correct the mistakes I made in the past in order to be victorious this time around. In Jesus name, amen.