So, it’s ok to disobey the Lord when you make a promise to man then. I mean, that’s what the text says, right??? We don’t really know the outcome of Joshua’s decision to let the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites live, but we do know that God told the Israelites to let no person live in the land He was giving them. The end of the chapter seems final: the people in these lands were made servants for eternity. The end. But we know from past chapters that for every action there is a reaction. Moses, Aaron and several influential individuals made several actions in past books that went against God’s desires. Sometimes there was great punishment, but sometimes there was compromise and give-and-take. It’s the same in our own lives. There are times when we are just in our frustration and anger, and there are times when we must yield to it in order to strike balance in relationships. God provides us awesome examples of this in sometimes subtle ways, like in this chapter. For this, we owe great thanks.
Writing prompt: action/reaction
Write about a time you felt you overreacted or underreacted. What was the outcome? Write about what you think the outcome may have been had you acted the opposite way.