Compromise is often a good thing. You and I have to be good at compromising in our relationships so that we don’t always need to have things go our way. A big skill in having a good marriage is knowing when to compromise and when to stand your ground.
I don’t have to read much of the Old Testament to know that the Israelites were not wise about when to compromise. As they intermingled with the pagan people living around them, we regularly see them compromise on things like their values and their commitment to God. Those are exactly the areas that should have no compromise.
God told them repeatedly to totally demolish the people who were living in the Promised Land as they took over their inheritance …..but they didn’t. God knew the Israelites would be attracted to the pagan gods and the pagan way of life which would lead them away from him – the One True God.
The Israelites compromised and, of course, it happened. They intermarried with the pagans and started worshipping worthless idols. Their values got lost in the evil and empty pagan culture they lived in. They foolishly forfeited the faithful heritage handed down to them from Abraham and Moses. They traded all that in for man-made wooden idols.
And they lost.
As I read this, God is reminding me not to compromise when it comes to my faith and what I believe. God’s Word is my compass. The values and idols of our current culture should have no influence on my commitment to my relationship with God.
Everything can and will change around me, but God stays constant, true and faithful.
Thank you, Abba Father.