Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.
– Psalm 116:7 (NIV)
Our society is harried, frazzled and distracted. The unfortunate thing is that the people of God are living in the same pattern. When you come to the LORD in prayer, get rid of your agendas—pray to receive God’s rest. Remember the ways that God has displayed his goodness to you in the past and allow those memories to wash away your anxieties, for Jesus’ yoke is easy; his burden is light.
But Manasseh did not drive out the people of Beth Shan or Taanach or Dor or Ibleam or Megiddo and their surrounding settlements, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that land.
– Judges 1:27 (NIV)
This account of Jewish settlements in the Promised Land have a message for us as well. The Canaanites were supposed to be driven out of the land in order for the people of God to experience peace, yet the Canaanites were determined to stay. Don’t expect the unwanted areas of your life to change without a fight—they have been active for years. Yet as we continually come to the throne of grace to receive the grace that we need, we must keep fighting the sin that so stubbornly hangs on.