It is so easy to read the Old Testament and think that the wayward Israelites were foolish. But isn’t it OUR story?
God promises us victory, but also requires that we COMPLETELY turn away from anything that might sour our hearts towards Him.
“When the LORD your God brings you into the and that you are entering to take possession of it, and clears away many nations before you, […] and you defeat hem, you must devote them to complete destruction. […] for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods.“
God fulfills His promises to us in full.
“The LORD gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. […] Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.”
Even while we are enjoying the blessings God has poured upon us, we allow ungodly influences to remain in our lives… the very influences He told us to rid ourselves of.
“But the people of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites who lived in Jerusalem.”
The influences… well… they influence us! And we abandon the very God who saved us and worked countless miracles in our lives.
“And they abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the LORD to anger.”
And the very thing that we did not destroy, the thing of which we said, “Oh it is ONLY an influence. Why should we destroy it?” That very thing then rules over us. And we are in bondage once again.
“They did not destroy the peoples, as the LORD commanded them, but they mixed with the nations and learned to do as they did. They served their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and daughters to the demons […] Then the anger of the LORD was kindled […] he gave them into the hand of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them.
Thank You God, that while this story is US, you offer grace after grace through the blood of Jesus.
That which we do not conquer in God’s name will RULE US. Dear God, let YOU be the only One to conquer us! Rule us! Amen.