Joshua 8:34 And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law.
Thirty-six men had died. The army had been defeated. Joshua was discouraged. He sought the Lord and found out the cause of the problem. He found out that it wasn’t his army, his cause, or his fight, but it all belonged to the Lord.
Now God has laid out a battle plan for them. Joshua is back to serving God instead of moving on his own. This time they build an altar to the Lord and worship Him. They recognize that it is God that has given them the victory.
Then next, it was time to read the book of the law, their copy of what Moses had written, their Bible. Now the focus is back on the Lord.
Isn’t this the story that we all should have in our lives. When we mess up, we need to get back to God. We need to get into the Word. We need never forget that He is God and that He does great things.