This is where I add notes and thoughts as I study the Bible. Please feel free to comment.
29 I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the wild beasts multiply against you. 30 Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased and possess the land.Exodus 23:29-30
Our God is full of wisdom and patience. When we are attacking some villain in our character, we must understand that our morality and integrity do not accommodate a vacuum.
In this passage in Exodus, we see God’s wisdom. If the enemies of Israel were wiped out in an instant, the Israelites would be unable to fill the empty land. The land would become more difficult to subdue. The same is true with our villains.
Don’t become discouraged when you don’t instantly annihilate your villain. We must fight and overcome, but for each inch of ground we gain, we must fill it with something from God. Pure language, healthy snacks, sincere praise. This is the way we become healed, the way we conquer the unassailable. Our battle is a transformational process, not an instant cure or a way to accommodate our villain.