“Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you.” Exodus 34:12
God is working on bringing the Israelites into the new land of Canaan. He says He will drive out all of the other nations in that land so the Israelites may have it. In that process of driving out the others, God tells the Israelites not to make a treaty with the people or there will be problems for them.
A treaty is an agreement between two nations that they will work together concerning various issues. Treaties are made all the time all over the world. Many times they can be a good thing, but with the Israelites it would not become a good thing.
The reason God did not want them to make a treaty is that it would become a snare to them. It would cause them to do something that God did not want done and they would not be able to back out of it because of the promise made in the treaty.
Although individual people do not make treaties as the nations do, there are agreements made that are like an unwritten treaty. Many people make agreements to do something with others that God would not want them to do.
All around you the world is trying to tell you how to best live your life. Many believers fall for the trap and live their life the way the world wants them to, rather than the way God wants them to. As you live the way the world around you does, it becomes a trap. It becomes a sinful habit that is hard to break. It destroys the testimony you have for Jesus.
It is easy to give in to a little sinful way, yet, you are supposed to flee all temptation. Do not give the devil a foothold in your life. When you compromise with the world and make a treaty with them, you have broken your treaty with God. It is one way or the other. Either a treaty with God or one with the world.
Who have you made a treaty with?
Have you compromised your stand with God?
Or are you sold out to God and refuse to make a treaty with the world?
I pray today that you will not be caught up in the ways of this world; that God will open your eyes to the compromises of this world; that you will flee all evil; and that you will stand strong and true for God.