Joshua 12:1a, 24b “1 Now these are the kings of the land whom the sons of Israel defeated,…24…in all, thirty-one kings.”
EACH ONE MATTERED
Thirty-one kings! That’s a lot of kings. That’s a lot of kingdoms. But God gave them victory over each and every one. Why do you think king number 30 or 31 didn’t just try to make peace? Why did they all choose to fight? Because God had determined that they all had to be defeated and removed from the land. He wanted the children of Israel to have complete control.
Isn’t it the same with us? God does not want us to live among those who will cause us harm. He will not allow His children to be led astray by those who blaspheme His name. He gives us a way out. He tells us how to insulate ourselves against such attacks. Sadly, we choose to embrace the world’s lifestyles and rationalize it as being culturally sensitive.
There is probably no greater lesson to teach your children than to live sanctified. Now, you can’t tell them to be sanctified and go your way. No! You have to model sanctified living. You have to choose God’s way and not the worlds. That may mean appearing “intolerant” or “old fashioned” to them. That’s okay.
You have probably heard the saying, “If you don’t stand for anything, you will stand for nothing.” That adage, although not biblical, does agree with Scripture. We have to stand for truth. We must defend the faith. And when we do, our children see that. They will learn to be bold in their witness.
Do you stand boldly in your community? Do you refuse to bow down to cultural pressure? We do not have to be antagonistic, but we do have to be true to the Word. Don’t compromise your faith. Stand for truth.