READ : Joshua 6:12-14
Some people conclude that the Lord suddenly descended on the Canaanite people without warning and wiped them off the face of the earth. Not so! Remember Rahab’s report to the spies? Her people had known about the God of Israel for at least forty years. They had heard of all He had done to the Egyptians because of their sins. They knew what had happened to those who opposed Israel in the wilderness (Joshua 2:10-11).
We see in chapter 6 that God gave the people of Jericho seven more days to turn from their sins. Even the people of Sodom and Gomorrah weren’t condemned until they were warned numerous times that God was going to destroy them because of their idolatry and immorality. Again and again we see God’s love, grace, mercy and patience in the Old Testament. It’s true that few people repented, but when they did, God relented and preserved them.
Jesus is waiting for people to turn to Him. In His mysterious and sovereign way, He is delaying His return to earth because He desires that all people be saved. What about you? Have you put off this important decision? Come to Him, friend, and He will save you! Come now!
Jesus, I have sinned. I may not be as bad as the Canaanites, but I still sin against You. Thank You for dying for my sins and giving me eternal life. Amen.