Drive Them Out, Pt. 3

And Joshua answered them, If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee.  And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us:  and all the Canaanites that dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both they who are of Bethshean and her towns, and they who are of the valley of Jezreel.  And Joshua spake unto the house of Joseph, even to Ephraim and Manasseh, saying, Thou art a great people, and hast great power: thou shalt not have one lot only:  But the mountain shall be thine; for it is a wood, and thou shalt cut it down: and the outgoings of it shall be thine: for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong. 

Joshua 17:15-18

I can not seem to stop thinking about how well this passage parallels our Christian lives.  Joshua challenged Ephraim and Manasseh to go up and take the mountain country.  He challenged them to not settle for where they were at the time but to press on to greater things.

At the end of the passage, he makes the statement, “for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong.”

If we are going to press on in our Christian lives and do great things, we are going to encounter resistance.  In this passage, the Canaanites were strong and iron chariots, but they had to be driven out anyway.  There are things in our lives that are not going to be easy to get rid of.  There are things that are not going to be easy to do.  We can content ourselves with where we are in our Christian walk, or we can rise up and “do battle with the Canaanites” in our lives.  It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it!

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