“…you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land…”
– Judges 2:2
The Nation of Israel had a choice, to be obedient or disobedient. They chose not to listen to God’s voice and began serving other gods and bowing down to their altars. They served the gods of the inhabitants of the land, the ones they were instructed to drive out. As a result, they began a long series of disobedience and repentance. When things were good, they would return to sin. When things seemed to be going wrong, they would cry out to God. It became a vicious cycle that repeated itself over and over, leaving them “greatly distressed.” Due to their consistent return to lives of sin and disobedience, there was no steady stream of peace.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin” (Romans 6:5-6). When we are dead to sin, we are made alive to God. It is then that sin no longer inhabits the land of our hearts. Remembering and keeping God’s Word renders the covenant we had with sin void.
There is danger in not progressing in your walk with Jesus Christ. If you continue in a cycle of sin, you are in danger of consistently nailing Jesus to the Cross (Hebrews 6:4-6). In your life, have the sins that have inhabited your heart been driven out, or do you still have a covenant with them? Maybe there is a vicious cycle in your life of disobedience and repentance, and you find yourself crying out to God to take sin from you. How can He take it from you though when you do not give it?
“Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
– Luke 9:23