“Howbeit the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not unto the words of Jephthah which he sent him.”
One of the early mistakes that Jephthah made was thinking that the children of Ammon would negotiate a peace treaty with them. Though Jephthah had great intentions, the children of Ammon only wanted one thing, and that was the total annihilation of God’s people. There was a reason they didn’t want Israel to walk through their land when they were traveling through the wilderness, and that reason was because they didn’t even want them to exist. Jephthah learned the hard way that there is no purpose in negotiating with God’s enemies.
My friend, the world is not interested in negotiating with God’s people. The only thing the world will agree to is for God’s people to stop serving God and become like the world. You must never think that the world has an interest in you. The world is only interested in you moving, and once you move, the world will move further away. Stop moving and stand. God’s Word is not up for negotiation. There are several lessons that this story has for the believer.
First, the world has no interest in you. The fact that you think that the world has an interest in you is fallacy. The world’s only interest in the believer is to use the believer to advance their agenda, and then they will leave you to pick up the pieces of your life. My friend, of course the world is going to make a plea to negotiate with you, but you have to understand that its plea is only to further their cause. The world has no interest in your feelings or beliefs; it only has an agenda to further its wicked cause.
Second, the moment you sit down at the negotiating table with the world is the moment you lose. You never win by negotiating with the world. God never said to get along with the world, but He did say to stand against the world. In fact, God said that you can’t be a friend of the world and of God at the same time. The mistake that many believers make is that they think the world cares about your good faith interest in trying to be amicable with them. The world is not interested in having a spirit of friendliness with you. The world is about the world, and they will not give in to anything that falls short of what they want. You always have to look at the negotiating table of the world as losing, because you never win by negotiating with the world.
Third, when you move towards the world to get them to negotiate with you, they will move further away. Let me ask you, when is the last time the world has ever moved towards God? The answer to this question is, NEVER! Always remember that the first person who moves is the loser. The fact that you moved doesn’t mean the world has to move. The reason the church is so far away from where it used to stand is because it keeps moving towards the world to try and get the world to stop moving. The world will never stop changing because the world is on a crash course to get as far away from God as it can.
The answer to this whole problem is never to move. God’s command for the believer has always been to stand. If the world wants to join you as you stand, that is then the world’s choice, but you must never discuss your stance with the world. The best thing you can do is keep doing what you are supposed to be doing and stop worrying about what the world says about you. History has taught us that anyone who has negotiated with the world has always lost.