The people of Israel found it way too hard to totally eliminate the Canaanites as was commanded by God. It was the result of their lack of faith coupled with complacency. Instead they tried to make ‘good’ use of the people by making them do forced labor. However, the balance sheet does not present a good picture. It was actually the trading off of their God given inheritance for some firewood and pails of water. What seemed like gain in the short term ended up becoming long term problems – spiritually, economically, and politically.
Though there are exceptions, we are nonetheless becoming a kind of people who would avoid difficulties, challenges, and problems. We would conveniently prefer the easy, with minimum effort and of course without disturbing anything at all.
The spirit of complacency has made us sleepy and dull.
As a spiritual principle – complacency not only leads to a loss of gain, it can lead to very long term bondage, failures, and issues that refuse to go away.
Take for example, David’s seemingly silly or simple decision to extend his vacation ended up becoming disastrous for himself and his home.