The enemy laid hands on all her [Israel] treasures; she saw pagan nations enter her sanctuary – those you had forbidden to enter your assembly. – Lamentations 1:10
Israel has been brought into captivity, her cities ruined by the Babylonians. They have destroyed the temple and robbed all the places, including the Holy of Holy’s of all of its possessions. They have taken the people captive, have decimated their armies. Israel no longer exists except as a remnant.
What about me, what happens when I don’t follow God’s ways; what happens when I don’t allow the Lord to be Lord in my life? Well, I allow evil to take his place; I allow the destroyer a foothold in my life. Jesus says, “He who is not with Me is against Me.” (Matt 12:30) I either reside in His ways and have His protection over my heart or I allow evil to work its way in my heart.
This is why it is said time and again, not to give the Devil a foothold or a foot in the door. It just takes once to make it all fall down around me. I cannot allow evil into my heart; I must follow God’s ways. His way is righteous and full of good living that destroys evil. He opposes evil and will conquer it if I allow Him.
See, God warns so many times in His love and grace. His default is to offer grace in our failings. Failing in and of itself is not evil. No, it is how I respond to that failure, will I allow evil to crouch at the door. If only I repent and turn back I am forgiven and grace finds me and destroys evil. Remember Cain, if he would have only repented and given the good sacrifice, he would have been accepted.
So, today, I will see evil for what it is, a destroyer. And I will look into the face of God through the Word and repent of anything in my heart today that seeks to destroy and not build up. I will give God the glory, live rightly and He will offer protection from evil. I will lift up His ways and share the Good News so that the Devil has no chance in my life and in my actions. YES, I will follow my God and live in peace and love instead of evil and destruction.
To God be the Glory,