Now these are the nations that the Lord left, to test Israel by them, that is, all in Israel who had not experienced all the wars in Canaan. It was only in order that the generations of the people of Israel might know war, to teach war to those who had not known it before. These are the nations: the five lords of the Philistines and all the Canaanites and the Sidonians and the Hivites who lived on Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal-hermon as far as Lebo-hamath. They were for the testing of Israel, to know whether Israel would obey the commandments of the Lord, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses. So the people of Israel lived among the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And their daughters they took to themselves for wives, and their own daughters they gave to their sons, and they served their gods. Judges 3:1-6.
When Israel stopped fighting their enemies and started coexisting with them, God used them to test His people. The Canaanites we’re there to be resisted. War was inevitable.
Reading this reminded me that Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword,” Matthew 10:34. Jesus came to free us from sin, but He knew that many would make peace with sin, becoming it’s ally.
People get tired of opposing evil. They would rather have good trade relations with the wicked than oppose them. It’s the reason we don’t like to share the gospel. It is a threat to the status quo. We know it’s going to change people’s lives, and that will mean giving up their guilty pleasure.
I was giving the invitation to receive Jesus to a group of children one day when I told the that Jesus would change their lives. One boy blurted out, “But I don’t want my life to change!” And that is the battle.