Therefore they said, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as a possession. Do not take us over the Jordan.”
Sometimes we can stop short of God’s best for us because we want something different. As a result, we fall short of what God ultimately has for us. My dad had a quote regarding stopping short of the victory. “Upon the plains of hesitation lie the bones of countless millions, who upon the dawn of victory lay down to rest and in their resting died.”
“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you have crossed the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 52 then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their engraved stones, destroy all their molded images, and demolish all their high places; 53 you shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land and dwell in it, for I have given you the land to possess.
This was a very important command from the Lord that the Israelites failed to obey. This ultimately led to their demise. When the Lord brings us into new territory, He wants us to remove anything that would hinder our relationship with Him. This is why it is important that when we come to faith in Christ, we remove all of those things that would interfere with our communion with the Lord. He will give us the strength to do so and in the long run, we experience great blessing.
But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those whom you let remain shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell.
We have all experienced such irritants, the irritation of things we have not let go. The sooner we let them go, the sooner we can see more clearly and thereby become who the Lord wants us to be.
“Command the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land of Canaan, this is the land that shall fall to you as an inheritance—the land of Canaan to its boundaries.
In this chapter, we read of clear boundaries which the Lord gives outlining the land in which the Israelites would live. Much of this land represents modern-day Israel, with the exception of some land south of the Dead Sea which has been added, and the land west of the Jordan which is no longer occupied by Israel.