Canaan had finally been conquered and the Israelites were partaking of their abundant blessings in their land flowing with milk and honey. The land had been divided among the tribes with commands to completely drive out the remaining Canaanites on their land.
But something awful happened.
Some remained behind. Judges 1 tells of this calamity and how the Israelites allowed some Canaanites to stay.
Judges 2:1-4 is some of the saddest, heartbreaking verses in the Bible. An angel comes to tell them that because they had broken this covenant, God would no longer help them. The pagan gods would become a snare to them and the heathens “as thorns in their sides”.
In regards to the battle of winning Canaan, they had started out well . . . but they did not finish well.
Verse ten tells us that after these all died, there arose a generation “which knew not the Lord.” These did evil in the sight of God and served the heathen gods instead.
All it took was one generation.
Which generation are we today? Are we the parents who are letting evil slowly creep in when God has strictly told us to have nothing to do with it?
So many teachings are being accepted now in the name of “being tolerant” that the salt is losing its savor. The light and darkness are becoming so muddled that it’s nothing but a gray mass anymore.
Where will our children be in ten or twenty years if we are not on guard against Satan’s tactics?
There is a simple prayer that is dear to my heart and it is this one: “Lord, let me be faithful to the end.”
I may begin the battle weak and may even fall in the fury of it.
But, Lord, let me end the battle well!
Our children’s souls depend upon us “driving out” the evil that is among us. Beginning in our very own hearts. Remember it can take only one generation who fails to do this before the next generation “does not know the Lord”.
“. . . and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which He had done for Israel.” Judges 2:10b
Not only did the first generation fail to drive out the Canaanites, they also failed to pass along what Jehovah had done for them. Their failure was two-fold and the consequences were devastating.
These precious children so desperately need to know the awesome things God has done not only for us, but all throughout His Word. In order to fight their own battles well, they will need to know how to do it. And this is our responsibility to pass on to them.
As soldiers in the Army of the Almighty, the Battalion of the Blood, and the Cavalry of Christ – there is one thing we should live for. One goal we try to keep our eye on even when the battle is rough.
The entire aim of our heart, life, and actions must be to hear these words:
“Well done, my child.”
Then we will know that we have finally finished the battle well.