“Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged,” Joshua told his men. “Be strong and courageous, for the Lord is going to do this to all of your enemies.” Then Joshua killed each of the five kings and impaled them on five sharpened poles, where they hung until evening.”
Joshua 10:25-26 NLT
As I read about Joshua’s conquest of the Promised Land, I am struck by Joshua’s ferocious courage. In this particular passage, Joshua went to battle against five kings who had united against them. As the Israelites began to route them, the kings hid in a cave. Some of Joshua’s men discovered them in the cave; Joshua told them to cover the entrance with rocks and guard the cave until the army finished the battle.
When the battle was over, Joshua returned to the cave with his commanders. He got the five kings out of the cave, had his officers stand with their feet on the kings’ necks, and then killed the kings. He used this moment to encourage his men to be strong and courageous.
In our minds, it seems a bit bloody and violent. Perhaps, we should remember that these kings represented people that were godless and committed horrible sins, including burning their babies to appease their gods. God had told Moses and Joshua that it was essential to remove these people’s influence from the land so that their idolatry and wickedness would not tempt Israel.
I see here a picture of how we must treat sin. We can’t play around with sin and allow it to hide in the corner of our lives. We can’t allow even a small amount of sin to linger in our lives as if it is okay. We must be courageous and go all out to eradicate anything or anyone from our lives that will separate us from God’s plan and purpose for us.
We need some courage to be strong in our stand against sin. We must not allow ourselves to be okay with compromise.
Holy Spirit, I ask You to show me anything or anyone in my life that is hindering Your work and will through me. Help me today to choose to stand against any compromise in my life. Help me to be an example of a person holy committed to You.
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