Joshua 16:10 “But they did not drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer, so the Canaanites live in the midst of Ephraim to this day, and they became forced laborers.”


Have you ever not done something you were told to do?  How many times did you live to regret that?  Probably every time.  The Israelites were told to wipe out the people of the Promised Land.  The Lord did not want anyone influencing His chosen children negatively.  He wanted them to be focused on Him and not lured away by pagan gods.

 God gives us pretty clear directions too.  He tells us to not be “yoked” with unbelievers. We are told to avoid evil.  It is not very complicated.  But it is necessary.  We can’t “wallow with the pigs and not get mud on us,” as my uncle used to say.  We have to stay pure and undefiled.


 The next time you have a great rainstorm let your kids out to play in it (as long as there is no lightning).  But tell them they can’t step in any mud puddles.  What do you think is going to happen?  Just as soon as you turn your head little Johnny is going to be right in the middle of that puddle.

 Show him how dirty he is now.  He probably won’t care.  As you are cleaning him up, talk to him about this story.  Just as they were told to avoid evil and to get rid of the pagans, Johnny was told to avoid the mud.  But they didn’t do that, and he didn’t do that.  Their lack of obedience had long lasting.  Getting dirty is temporary, but he can learn from it.

 Don’t have regrets about not doing what you should have done.  Do it now.  Do it the first time.  Don’t wait. You never know the consequences that may come your way from simply not following directions.

Father, I know Your Word is true and always points me in the right direction. Help me be more ready to respond when You ask me.  Let me lead others in obedience.


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