As a person takes time to read the book of Judges he or she will discover several sad words. Some of those words are found in Judges 1:19 which say, “So the Lord was with Judah….but they could not drive out…”
When the nation of Israel entered the “Promise Land” God promised them that He would be with them and give them victory over their enemies. The questions that we might ask ourselves are: “How is that possible? How can the Lord be with someone but yet they are not able to completely rid themselves of the enemies?, Did God lie?, Did God go back on His Word to Israel?” Yes, God was with Israel but He did not lie to them for it was out of their own choice that they did not drive out the enemies. Israel could have lived in complete freedom but they chose to live partially free in which they suffered for it later.
Many of us are like the nation of Israel, we too have been promised victory but yet like them we have chosen to live partially free. We have Christ as our Savior and we know our sins have been forgiven but we choose not to live in complete freedom. Our sins from the past still bother us and it is affecting our present. May we grab hold of Romans 1:6-7 and hold it close to our hearts, “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.”
Jesus Christ has paid the price but it is out of our choice to live completely free.