God's Word for Today: Destruction. Just the opposite of my profession Construction. Destruction most of the time is not a good word. Sometimes it is necessary, but who really gets to decide the necessity?
Yesterday, Paris was hit with destruction. A few years back on 9-11, USA was hit with destruction even harder. But, that does not make what happened in Paris yesterday any less painful. I haven't looked at the numbers this morning, but destruction was rampant. There was no cause for this, other than pure hatred of one man for another. Destruction at times has absolutely no merit. It is at these times, the only response felt is to deliver destruction back.
You may ask, but aren't we supposed to turn the other cheek? Yes, that is asked of us when someone does us harm on a personal level. But, we are not talking harm here. This is destruction. The killing of the innocent is destruction. Survival dictates that a line has once again been crossed. Why the French? Why Paris? Maybe because they are easy targets? Even with a kind an loving heart, I never want to be thought of as an easy target.
I used to love to blow up things when I was a kid. 4th of July made that easy by the availability of fire crackers. It was fun to set up all my little green plastic army men, and then unleash a form of destruction on their ranks. When that got boring, it was on to the nearest ant hill. I don't know why in my mind I thought of ants as nothing more than plastic army men. I guess I knew the ants could easy rebuild whatever destruction was unleashed on their hill.
My open view of destruction came to an abrupt end when I witnessed the destruction of the innocent. We were at the lake with many family and friends one 4th of July weekend. My distant cousins had some monster fire crackers that had a pretty good punch. One of them found a toad that happened to have the misfortune to be in our general vicinity. Soon, the toad was sitting there with one of these monster firecrakers in its mouth, lit, and ready to pop. I will never forget how the toad just sat there totally oblivious to what was going to happen. It might have even had time to hop a couple of times before destruction hit. I will never forget how I felt after I saw what that firecracker had done to an innocent toad. Never forget..........
Proverbs 13:15 Good judgment wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.
At first, when one starts researching Scripture for the word destruction, you seem to find a lot of things that point toward the anger of God on the unrighteous and His destruction of them. It paints a threatening picture. A picture that many still carry with them. A picture that probably keeps some from a close relationship with God. The thought of God being angry and destroying oneself tends to make a person shy away.
If you read this Scripture closely, you will understand the meaning of destruction as delivered in all Scripture. The little word "self" comes flying out at you in capital letters. Good judgment wins favor, for judgment leads to distruction. How many of you can relate to that? I know I can. Many a poor decision on my part (thought it was brilliant at the time) had led to some form of destruction on my own self. And did I ever learn the first time? No. I had to do the same things a few more times just to make sure I did a good job of destruction.
Self destruction is one thing. It is not good. God does not want you to do that. God loves you, and wants you in the world living happy and free and joyful and loving. God will not punish you for what you do wrong. Your actions will find their own way to lead you down the destruction path. Been there, done that.
Today, I don't have the answer for what happened in Paris. I don't have the answer for what happened to that poor little toad. I just know that when given the chance, I will fight to protect the lives of the innocent. Sometimes you can fight with love, understanding, and patience. Other times, you have to take that firecracker and stick it back in the mouth of the one doing the destruction. End of story.....................
Dearest Loving Father who has created all things. Forgive me for the destruction I have done to myself. Forgive me for the times this destruction has hurt others. Today Lord, I pray for those in Paris who were innocent and felt the hate and anger of an unwarranted destruction. I pray that together Lord, we can defeat those who have no love for you. I realize that when I am on my own path of destruction, I am also turning my back on you, God. Today, help me to start constructing a strong and functional relationship with you. I am done with destruction. It is bad. You my Lord, are good. In Jesus', who faced destruction so we could find your Grace, name I pray. Amen.