Prayer Focus: Botswana

Bible Reading: Joshua 15-18

Scripture

Judah could not dislodge the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem; to this day the Jebusites live there with the people of Judah.

Yet the Manassites were not able to occupy these towns, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that region. However, when the Israelites grew stronger, they subjected the Canaanites to forced labor but did not drive them out completely. (Joshua 15:63; 17:12-13)

Observation

God often seems so harsh in the Old Testament, commanding the Israelites to destroy people and property. Perhaps these verses reveal the consequences of disobedience. They failed to obey God, failed to occupy territory, and failed to live peaceful lives as a result.

Application

It can be argued that some of the greatest world conflicts have their origins in the Old Testament. How different would our world be—thousands of years later—if Israel’s enemies were driven out completely?

Prayer

LORD, I’m sure there are many perspectives on tensions in the Middle East but I can only imagine the consequences of obedience. I never want my failure to affect others, though I know it does! I want to obey 100%, not merely 90 or 95%. You have a zero tolerance for sin and disobedience. I want to live up to that standard by the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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