Joshua 16:10 And they drave not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer: but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites unto this day, and serve under tribute.
It is almost like we will allow sin in our lives if we see that we can get some benefit from it. They were to drive them out. They didn’t do so. Instead they taxed them.
God wanted them to be totally separate. They preferred keeping their enemies and making money off of them.
How often do we decide that we know what is best and think that maybe what the Word of God says is too drastic?
Could it be that it is time to do what God says and know that He knows best? If we leave the Canaanites among us then we will sooner or later learn their ways and worship their gods.
Time to obey instead of deciding for ourselves!