“…and in the midst…stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” Rev. 5:6b
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…” 2Chron. 16:9
His big blue eyes filled with tears, his little chin quivered as he pleaded, “Mommy, I don’t want to ride the bus. He is bigger than me and he is mean.”
She pulled her kindergartener onto her lap and silently prayed for help. Her son trusted her to come to his aid. What could she do? She knew what she wanted to do, and it wasn’t nice. Then the apples on her table drew her attention.
“Here,” she said offering him an apple. “Jesus says when someone is mean, we should be kind. When you get on the bus, offer this to the big kid. Tell him you brought him something and want to be his friend.”
With an apple in his hand, and a plan for tomorrow, he ran off to play fully confident his mom had taken care of the problem. She prayed it would.
Mean kids, that happen to be adults, filled with hate and a me first mentality, spread their venom in our world. The more attention given them the more they act up. We are bombarded with the hateful actions of one group hurting another with words and violence, and in response the offended group retaliate and the spiral downward goes out of control.
Returning hate for hate breeds more hate and we become what we hate. But God stands ready to show himself strong on behalf of His children. He tells us we are not to return evil for evil but overcome it with good. At times, it appears evil is winning. God assures us it won’t always be so. He knows everything happening, and He will have the last word.
“For mine eyes are upon all their ways” they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.” Jer. 16:17
“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, VENGEANCE IS MINE; I WILL REPAY, saith the Lord. THEREFORE IF THINE ENEMY HUNGER, FEED HIM; IF HE THIRST, GIVE HIM DRINK: FOR IN SO DOING THOU SHALT HEAP COALS OF FIRE ON HIS HEAD. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Rom. 12:19-21
How did the little boy’s story end? The mean kid accepted his gift of friendship. And if he had not? Romans 12:9 reminds us to love in truth, hate evil, and cleave to good.
The next time you eat an apple, remember God is your shield, defense and avenger. Then return good for evil, knowing God is in control.
Praying the love of God reigns in your heart and mind today and always.
Lord willing, I will see you again on Monday. Have a great Labor Day weekend and remember those facing the trials of the hurricane. As always I appreciate your comments and visiting my site.