God begins Deuteronomy 2 by saying to the Israelites, “You have been wandering around long enough.” It is time for His people to face the king of Heshbon. God’s instructions to Moses are clear.
“Then the LORD said, ‘Now get moving! Cross the Arnon Gorge. Look, I will hand over to you Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and I will give you his land. Attack him and begin to occupy the land. – Deuteronomy 2:24
- Now get moving.
- Cross the river.
- occupy the land.
Moses however, rather than attacking the enemy, sends a messenger to attempt to negotiate an offer of compromise to keep the peace. Instead of fighting, he preferred to sit down around the negotiating table and strike up a deal with the enemy (see verses 26-29). God’s call was to fight the enemy, but Moses thought he had a better idea and to avoid confrontation altogether. Moses chose convenient disobedience over God’s promise of victory and freedom.
We must stop trying to compromise with the enemy. How long are we prepared to settle for less than the sure and enduring freedom God longs for us to experiences? God does not just want us to be oppressed; He wants us to be more than conquerors (See Romans 8:31-39).
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. – Romans 8:37
As we concluded this series on our Freedom in Christ to serve; What battles are you avoiding yet seem to keep appearing in your life? A harsh tongue, greed, gossip or envy. Each one of us has battles we need to face. God wants us to enjoy the true, lasting and enduring freedom that only He can give. Instead of compromising with the enemy, trust God to grant the victory He has promised.
- What battles are you avoiding yet seem to keep appearing in your life?
- Have you allowed compromise to sneak into your life?
Father, Thank You for the way you speak to us through Your Word. Thank You for the clear directions you give for us to live. Help me to seek your victory and not compromise with the enemy on the freedom you give. In Jesus’ name, Amen.