And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals. And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the Lord to anger. They abandoned the Lord and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them. And he sold them into the hand of their surrounding enemies, so that they could no longer withstand their enemies. Whenever they marched out, the hand of the Lord was against them for harm, as the Lord had warned, and as the Lord had sworn to them. And they were in terrible distress. Judges 2:11-15.
Another generation had risen and all they had was the written record of what had happened. They did not see the Red Sea part, they did not see the Jordan River part, and the people who had seen these things had died. And they fell right in with the idolators. They served the local gods, so God sent an angel to tell them He was not fighting for them anymore.
This is how it seems today. The word of God is not enough. We wait for political leaders to offer temporary relief. We can see them, hear them, and we even thank God for them. But as soon as we get some relief, we are right back to chasing after money and pleasure. We still don’t get it.
He told us to preach the gospel to every creature, to make disciples of them and teach them to obey. He didn’t tell us to build buildings and wait inside til He returns. That is not how we conquer and possess the land. We do it by converting the lost, and unfortunately, we’d rather do anything else.