Topic:God may use defeat to show you when you are not following His will.
God also used defeat to show the Israelites they were not following His will. After the peoples’ stunning victory over Jericho (see Joshua 6), they were filled with confidence. But God got their attention by allowing them to suffer an embarrassing defeat to the small town of Ai.
One of the men, named Achan, had neglected to do everything the
Lord had commanded in their battle at Jericho. The defeat caused Joshua to ask, “Lord God, why have You brought this people over the Jordan at all—to
deliver us into the hand of the Amorites?” (7:7).
Suffering the loss caused the people to discern where they had taken a wrong turn.