Everyone has a different time of day when meeting with God.
This morning, pink, orange, and gray streak the sky as the sun lingers on the horizon. It is quiet. I don’t always choose morning for devotions because sometimes I fall asleep on my Bible. Evening is usually the best time, but not this morning.
This morning I am exploring a new devotional on Bible Gateway, Charles Spurgeon’s, “Morning and Evening.”
He references Psalm 45:7, “Thou hatest wickedness.”
Anger can be a harsh leader. It reminded me of what my friend said over tea and cake on Thursday:
“I spent my childhood angry and wasted time, letting those who hurt me have too much power over my choices through influence.” She gave me a brave smile. “I decided to work on forgiving them through prayer. I made choices in the past based on my anger at them.”
In this case, Charles Spurgeon speaks of righteous anger.
Be angry at evil, like false teaching, but don’t let the anger and hurt influence your choices. Don’t walk away from God just because someone who took God’s place disillusioned you.
No one should take God’s place. Ever.
“He hated wickedness, so much that he bled to wound it to the heart; he died that it might die; he was buried that he might bury it in his tomb; and he rose that he might forever trample it beneath his feet. Christ is in the Gospel, and that Gospel is opposed to wickedness in every shape,” says Charles.
What god in the religious history of mankind died for you?
I shut down my computer, bowed my head, and I prayed for you.
Oh, how strong is the evil that takes the image of God and twists it into something distorted and false, to skew someone’s childlike belief, so that person will be too hurt to go to the real God in repentance and for shelter in the storm of a sinful world. If I were Satan, that’s what I would do–come disguised as something good and warm, then take a knife and plunge it into your soul, twisting it so it hurts worse, causing you to walk away from it.
All someone has to do is see what Elisha helped his servant see in 2 Kings 6 to know that Satan doesn’t play fair, but God’s army is bigger and better. God always wins. Satan is doomed. Because he is doomed, he is determined to hurt God by taking as many souls with him to destruction as possible.
Don’t be one of them.
I can pray for that.