In Joshua 12, Joshua and the Israelites defeat thirty-one kings and gain their territory and possessions. In Joshua 13, we read that much of the land remained unconquered. God told Joshua, who was now old and tired, to act in faith and allot the remaining land to the various tribes as their inheritance. God then promised He would drive out the enemies from the land.
I myself will drive them out from before the people of Israel. Only allot the land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have commanded you. (Joshua 13:6 ESV)
God commanded the Israelites to walk in faith and obedience and through them He would conquer the land. They had seen it done before and could count on God to conquer through them. But they grew weary of obeying and traded God for idols and used the remaining inhabitants of the land as their slaves instead of driving them out. In Judges 2, we read that because of their disobedience the inhabitants occupied some of the land that was rightfully theirs. Their inhabitants would become a snare and a thorn in Israel’s side…
I brought you up from Egypt and brought you into the land that I swore to give to your fathers. I said, “I will never break my covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall break down their alters.” But you have NOT OBEYED MY VOICE. What is this you have done? So now I say, I will not drive them out before you, but they shall become thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you. (Judges 2:1-3)
When is it walking in faith and when is it presumption?
As God’s children, we will grow weary of obeying. But in that moment lets run TO Jesus, who obeyed perfectly for our salvation and benefit, and repent. He will forgive us and give the grace we need to faithfully press on. I pray God would grant the grace I need to step out in faith and continue to humbly walk in obedience and repentance.