Judges 3:1-11 Now these are the nations that the LORD left, to test Israel by them, that is, all in Israel who had not experienced all the wars in Canaan...
Because of Israel's disobedience, God leaves a number of nations in place to test the Israelites. And what we see is that Israel accepted and joined right in with them. Judges 3:6 tells us "And their daughters they took to themselves for wives, and their own daughters they gave to their sons, and they served their gods." And then verse 7 says "They forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth."
Ouch...what a good reminder of the influence ungodly thinking and living can have on us. These verses relay the message that we can't afford to underestimate the pull and the power of the world around us, and that we need to be extra careful and mindful of God's Word and ways in all situations.
So what are some helps for standing strong and not giving in to the ungodly influences that are constantly pressing in around us? How do you guard against that subtle and gradual influx of worldly thinking? Tami W.
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