“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 in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.”Numbers 33:55
Growing up I had various chores around the house which included all aspects of cleaning. I washed walls, rubbed the plant leaves with milk, swept the floor, and washed the dishes. The chore I most despised was washing the dishes as they seemed to stack to levels taller than I. I was tasked to sweep the kitchen from time to time, and I swept the main pathway of the kitchen, but I did not always do the greatest job in the chores I was given. I often cut the corners and did what I could see, but I did not get to the tile shadowed by cabinets that gave the dirt shelter. My mom would inspect my work and make me get down and look closely, and I could clearly see the error of my ways and all the spots I had missed.
I learned to get down at eye level and look under the cabinets, and I made sure my broom passed that way. I did not want to fail inspection as I sometimes did, and my laziness always caught up with me and ensured I had to do the sweeping a second time. I was not always smart enough to learn from my mistakes, but now I hate making the same mistake twice. I wish I could say I don’t do that, but God knows how many times I have asked forgiveness for the same sins over and over again. I have learned I must not skip the corners in life, and I know this applies to my spiritual life as well.
I have often failed spiritually in my life because I have not swept the corners of my heart. I have left a hidden sin that I was not willing to confess or I have kept something behind, just in case. You hear of those who have a hidden cigarette alcoholic beverage hidden away, just in case, as if it was a fire extinguisher stored behind a piece of glass in case of emergency. I don’t believe you can mean business with God and still hold onto the sin hidden in the corners of your heart. David said in Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” David struggled with sin as every Christian does, but he saw the importance of sweeping the corners of his heart and asking God to reveal to him the parts that he might be ignorant of. He did not want to play around with sin, but he took it seriously and knew the missed corners would cost him the closeness he could have with the Father.
God warned the children of Israel to drive the inhabitants out of the land He had promised them. He knew that if they failed to do so, they would come to be a thorn in their side, just as sin is when we do not deal with it. We can try to suppress and ignore it, but it never goes away if we do not deal with the root heart issue. Sin is a vexation to the soul and will destroy us if we do not deal with it as we should. We must thoroughly sweep the corners of our heart and ask God to deal with those pet sins we hold on to so tightly. If we don’t deal with sin, we will come to discover that it is a barb in our eyes, a thorn in our side, and a vexation in our daily life.
Where are you today friend? Do you sweep the corners of your heart of do you push that sin to the dark corners you think are hidden? Do you ask God to search your heart or has He already revealed to you the things in your life that you are not willing to surrender? We think we can hide certain sins, but the closer we get to God, the brighter His light shines on the dark corners and reveals the dirt hidden there. Will you ask God to sweep the corners of your heart? Will you make things right and get cleaned today? May today be the day we get things right with our God.