"Feet That are Swift in Running to Evil"
Folks salivating at the sight of trouble have no regard for life or peace.
When I was only a youngster, my mother told me never to run towards a fight at school, but always away from it. She admonished that one never knows what fights might yield... "You could be standing around and catch a bullet," she'd say. Ma's words could always raise my eyebrows and capture my attention. Believe me, I had the perfect mother for me.
Over the years, I've seen the horrid effects on lives savoring atmospheres of conflict and wicked device. The "agreement" with evil they run to ultimately devours them. Surely, this grieves the heart of God and moves His emotions to hatred of such acts. After all, He wants us to run to Him - with good intentions and Godly expectations in league and alignment with His prosperous plans. He desires we abstain from even the mere appearance of evil.
Which way are you running? What truly attracts you?
Be honest, friends - do you get excited at the thought of an argument or bitter emotional or physical conflict arising between others? Does mischief and mayhem float your boat? Or do you "want out" of their harmful clutches?
If you seek restoration to peaceful, right-standing with Jesus, running toward His will for you in all things, please pray this prayer of repentance with me:
Merciful Father, the thrill for evil is gone. I want to get away from its grasp; I choose to reject the "lust for trouble" that's shackled my feet. Please forgive me, and restore my heart and hands and feet to their true purpose in You; for I know that I was created to love You and all of Your ways. I was created to abstain from the very appearance of evil. So, Lord, I submit to Your desires for the restoration of peace in me, in Jesus' Holy Name I pray and thank You. Amen.
Lord willing, on Thursday: "A False Witness Who Speaks Lies"