God brought the Israelites from oppression in Egypt to the Promised Land with the help of Moses. Then Joshua took over as leader with a servant attitude. His leadership impacted people during his time and continues to impact us today.
After the death of Joshua as recorded in Judges 1 through 2:5, the men of Judah along with their fellow Israelites the Simeonites fought against the Canaanites. They then attacked Jerusalem and took it. Then they drove out the Canaanites living in the hill country to the south and in the western foothills.
The Lord was with the men of Judah but they did not completely drive out those who worshiped other gods. They did not completely follow God’s command but compromised with the enemy so this left a remnant of those against the ONE true God.
Our God has total integrity and delivers on His promises. He delivered on His promise to the Israelites in leading them out of slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land. We can do so much more with God by our side and if we obey His commands, there will always be brighter days ahead.
The lesson from today’s passage is to fully follow God’s commandments. We should serve the ONE true God and totally finish the job He gives us. Let us not leave things unfinished because that will open up a possible come back by the enemy. Compromise with the enemy is a trap we can get caught in when we half way do something.
God is consistent with His nature but His people are not consistent. The Israelites did not completely deliver on their end so eventually this would set up traps for their future. We are to serve the Lord our God with all our heart and with all your mind.
I remember one time, my wife and I were putting together a new office chair. We struggled because the screw holes didn’t line up. We got three out of four in but the fourth one just wouldn’t fit. When things don’t line up, you don’t have a chance. It’s the same with our life plan. If it doesn’t fit with what God wants, it’s not going to work.
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This day with You Lord we ask that our life plan lines up with Your plan for our life. Help us to be honest with ourselves and know when we fall short so we can correct our ways. You have high standards but because of Jesus, You give us grace, the Holy Spirit, and the power to reach that high standard. Amen.