Re:Verse reading–Judges 2:1-3, 6-22 (day one)
“Therefore I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you, but they will become as thorns in your sides.”–v 3.
It is a familiar expression. An idiom. You have certainly heard and probably said it. Commonly points to a source of frustration or irritation.
Most people forget that it comes from the Bible– a word of warning from God.
He called Israel to obey. Promised His help. Make no covenant with this world! Be uniquely and profoundly Mine. Only Mine! All Mine! When they disobeyed, He removed His power and protection from their lives. No longer did they have power to defeat the world, instead, the world became a source of irritation and frustration to them.
Know anyone who is currently defeated and distracted by the world? Often it comes, just as God promised it would, to believers who have never surrendered to obey Him in all that He commands.