“So now I declare that I will no longer drive out the people living in your land. They will be thorns in your sides, and their gods will be a constant temptation to you.” – Judges 2:3 NLT
Israel was given a command: Drive out all other nations from the Promised Land. The problem was, the people of Israel thought they were the purpose of the Promised Land. Therefore, once they had places to live, fields to plow, and wells to drink from, their desire to fulfill God’s command faded. Instead of driving people out of the land, they made treaties with them.
Giving Israel the Promised Land fulfilled God’s purpose, but Israel occupying the land was not His purpose. God’s purpose was to build a nation that was purely devoted to Him from which would come the Messiah. In refusing to drive out the other nations, Israel displayed their willingness to settle for a little sin in their midst.
The conquering of the Promised Land is a parable for the life of a Christ-follower. Just as God promised to drive out the nations for Israel, He promises to drive out the sin in a believer’s life. However, He yields to our willingness.
Driving out sin is difficult and painful. So, instead of being ruthless with it, we make treaties with our sin. We allow it to exist, but only in certain situations. As long as we do this, however, our sin remains a thorn in our sides and a constant temptation.
Annihilation is the only solution to sin. When we take our sin to the foot of the cross, offer it to Jesus, we find out that not only have we been forgiven, but we have been freed from it as well. When Jesus died on the cross, we died to sin.
So, be ruthless. With each sin you bring to Jesus, you are reminded of His power in your life, and learn to live in victory.