The Battle For Obedience
I hope you enjoyed our journey through the book of Joshua. It is a study of the Christians life of victory in Christ Jesus our Lord. Remember that these things were written for our instruction and encouragement and not just old stories of how things used to be done.
But now we begin the study of the book of Judges. After Joshua died, the people did not have a leader to stand and lead them into battle. There was still much fighting to be done. There was still much land to conquer.
Remember that God had promised the people that this was to be their land, their possession. But they would have to fight for it. They would be assured of victory if they would do only one thing. That one thing still stands in the way of us as we would walk in the victory purchased by Christ. It is that little word, obedience.
As soon as Joshua died the first tribe to go to battle was Judah. They set out to claim what God had given and even started very well in driving out the inhabitants of the mountains (this where Caleb wore out three giants). But in the valley they did not drive out the enemy because they had chariots of iron.
What was the matter? Were these people really too strong for the servants of the Living God? Absolutely not! What you do have are excuses for disobedience when things got tough. When the enemy did not run away but stood up and fought, God's people gave up and compromised. How sad when they had been promised the victory. If only they had obeyed.
Then we read that those that the Israelites did not drive out were made slaves. They thought they would get some use from the enemy instead of pushing them out of the land. They thought they could be enriched by letting them live.
Just remember that God had warned them. He told his people to drive out the inhabitants for good reason. He knew they would infect the Israelites with idolatry and that is exactly what happened.
My friend, Jesus Christ wants you to conquer your Canaan as well. He wants the sin driven out of your life that you might enjoy complete victory in Him. It is possible for you. The question is this, do you want it? Are you willing to obey in spite of circumstances and consequences? That is true faith.
If you are willing to engage the enemy, some battles will seem relatively easy but there is some territory that Satan is not willing to yield even one inch without an all out struggle. He knows he is a defeated foe but he does not want to concede what is rightfully yours.
God is ready and willing to enable and to encourage you for the struggle. He will be honored only with your complete obedience and will meet your every need. Now the ball is in your court. What are you going to do?