Many people are under the impression that Christians should be peaceful and prosperous. It’s like there is a perceived magic switch that gets flipped at the moment of salvation and, suddenly, all is right with the world.
I don’t know about you, but someone forgot to flip that switch when I accepted Christ. Things are rarely (if ever) perfect and peaceful in my life.
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…
Judges 3:1-2a (ESV)
Wait a minute. That they might know war? I thought God made sure we wouldn’t have to fight. I thought we all became conscientious objectors once we joined the Church.
…to teach war to those who had not known it before.
Judges 3:2b (ESV)
My generation has not really known war. Not in the sense that my grandparents and great-grandparents knew war. I almost wish we did know war. Perhaps if we were fighting for our lives, we’d give up the fight for a lot of other useless things.
We haven’t been taught war because our parents didn’t know war.
I’ve listened to my grandmother tell stories of the war. During World War II, life became difficult, even in their rural community. German was their first language. Our heritage can also be traced back to the Jews. That is knowing war.
I hate to think of the response of my generation if (when?) another world war breaks out. While many fight for the right to kill their own babies, how can we expect these same people to fight for the freedoms our ancestors fought for? Those very freedoms that were gained in the first half of the last century are being wiped away by people who think they know better. They don’t even know what they don’t know.
God never promised freedom from a fight. He promised that He would be there through the fight.
Don’t spend your life trying to avoid the war because when – not if – war comes into your life, you need to be prepared. You need to know what you are fighting for and who you are fighting with. Then you need to teach the next generation to fight.
Daily Bible reading: Judges 3-5; Luke 7:31-50