“But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks (barbs) in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex (trouble) you in the land wherein ye dwell. Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do unto you, as I thought to do unto them.”Numbers 33:55-56
My dad used to always say to me, “The lazy man works double” and, “If you don’t take the time to do it right the first time, then when will you have time to do it again?” If I close my eyes, I can still hear him saying these to me, and I am still haunted by these words whenever I am tempted to not do things the right way. There was a right way to do something and there was a wrong one to do something. I often heard these sayings when I had to do something again, and I was reminded of my dad being right even though I did not want him to be.
My dad spoke these things to me when I was given a task to do, but this applies to my spiritual life as well. I have often been convicted by the Holy Spirit of sin in my life, but I have not always repented. I have held onto secret sins and allowed them to linger even though I thought I was okay because I was obedient in other things. I was lazy in my spiritual life, and I felt like I was paying double for the sin in my life. I did not drive out all the inhabitants of sin in my life, and my sins became a thorn in my side. The addict will always say “I have things under control”, and “I can stop anytime I want”, but the truth is, you do not and you cannot. Sin is not something to be played with, and you must depend on God to search your heart and rid yourself of those secret and besetting sins.
I look back on my life and can trace back to the roots of where the sins started in my life. The first exposure did not seem so bad, but it would serve as the start down a road I never would want to go on. The sins did not start off in a bad way per se, as I was exposed to things rather innocently, but my mind never let them go and they soon took root into my heart and life. I did not fight back like I should have and I entangled myself in them instead of confessing and forsaking them. I would get victory for a short time only to come back to it because I did not fully clean house in my heart and life. I resisted the devil for a little time, but soon came back thinking “this one time will not hurt me”. As they say, “sin will keep you longer than you want to stay and will cost you more than you want to pay.” I am learning to keep my sin account short, and to confess and forsake them immediately.
The children of Israel were given the promised land of Canaan, and they were commanded to rid themselves of the inhabitants of the land. It was not merely for the sake of clearing out the land, but it was for the spirituality of the children of Israel. The inhabitants were not worshippers of God, but they worshipped false gods and idols. The children of Israel were to rid themselves of these sinful influences, and they were warned of the consequences if they chose not to rid themselves of these influences. We cannot entertain the love of the world and not expect to fall headlong into it. We must not get lazy when it comes to ridding ourselves of sin as we will pay dearly for them.
Where are you today? Do you have any secret or pet sins you are still playing with? Have you come clean before God? Have you prayed like David did and asked God to search you for the sins in your life you are blind to? May we ask God to search our hearts, and may we confess and forsake those sins He brings to light. No sin is worth the pain and anguish that comes with it. May we have complete victory, and may we turn to Him completely. The lazy man does work double, and those who get lazy with sin will always pay more than they wanted to pay.