But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land before you, then those whom you allow to remain will be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your side, and will cause you trouble in the land where you will be living.
Numbers 33:55 NET
God told the Israelites that they had to remove all the inhabitants of the land. He also told them if they failed to do so, that they would have issues in the future.
We know that they didn’t remove all the inhabitants and DID have problems like God and Moses warned them about. Actually, their disobedience caused trouble for the Israelites for many many years.
Sometimes we have troubles in our life because we simply don’t obey what the Lord asks of us. It’s like we want all the benefits that He offers, but on our terms.
It doesn’t work like that!
God has given us His Word so that we know how to live. He had given us the Holy Spirit to guide us and help us.
When we don’t embrace what the Lord has for us, we get trouble in our life. We will all experience trouble, we live in a fallen world. But many times, we have trouble that doesn’t have to be there.
The answer is live in obedience to God and His Word!
Lord, give me the strength to obey Your Word. Help me to know Your ways, that they would be clear to me, through the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.