I am always telling my son to make sure the floor is clean in his room because I might come in during the night and do not want to step on or break anything. There have been times that items were broken because they were left out on the floor and I could not see them. He does not always want to clean up before bed but it is important for his sake and his stuff.
Deuteronomy 23:14 HCSB
For the Lord your God walks throughout your camp to protect you and deliver your enemies to you; so your encampments must be holy. He must not see anything improper among you or He will turn away from you.
God instructs the Israelites to make sure everything is in proper order in the camp. If not, when He comes through then the unholy will turn Him away and the protection and deliverance is removed.
If God cares so much for us then why would this be a problem?
He told the people that they must keep the camp pure. In so doing, the people were putting themselves into a position where God would bless them with protection and deliverance.
My son was angry at me the first time this happened in his room. When he awoke one morning he found that a train of his was broken on the floor. He came straight to me and was MAD! He told me how awful I was for breaking his train. He expressed how I was to buy him a new one. I asked him where he found it. He admitted he found it on the floor. I asked him what he had been told to do before going to bed. He admitted he was supposed to pick them up…
I stopped him right there and calmly reminded him of the instruction and the result.
We want God to protect and deliver us from all manner of evil. We want God to deliver us from our addictions, habits, gossip, impure thoughts, anger, depression, and more. We want God to do all of these things. In fact, we often demand it of Him. When it does not seem to be happening in the timeframe we desired we become sullen. We sulk around spiritually and begin to whine and complain. We begin to question the lo?ve and loyalty of God.
In these moments He gently reminds us that obedience is the key. When He comes to walk through our lives, He finds so much moral and ethical excrement that He is turned away from protection and deliverance.
Let us remember to maintain high levels of purity. Ask the Spirit to create in you a clean heart so that the next time He decides to take a walk through your life you can experience the freedom of the King’s deliverance.