Many people are kind of like weeds; they have the spark of life in them .... a kind of “pilot light” which allows them to live, multiply and die. But that's it. They're not really good for much of anything. They serve no purpose in life but to "be there" and do whatever they do in their own little world. Like weeds, most people really never accomplish anything except to multiply and die. They've never figured out they could use that "pilot light" to spark a wildfire within that's designed to "fill that little hole in our soul" that only God can fill....
I had those thoughts as I was watching my husband struggle to mow down the "weed patch" in front of our house last week. The part nearest the house is "lawn': but the rest is not. The Home Owners Association calls it, “Protected Wetlands.” Nothing can be built there, which means there won’t be another house built between us and our next-door neighbor to the north, who shares this “wetland” with us. (That's a GOOD thing, really!)
Regardless, weeds have no boundaries, and so they pretty much started taking over as Bill was waiting for our procrastinating neighbor to agree to “going half-sies” on a brush hog, Bill finally “took the bull by the horns,” and simply rented one and mowed the whole area himself.
So, my mind raced as Bill was mowing and I got to thinking how Satan must be having a field day (pardon the pun) among all the "weed-people" on this earth, who haven't got a clue about the Spiritual Realm and the "big picture" outlined in Scripture. And this came to mind:
1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
I’ve known many people like that over the course of my lifetime, and have personally witnessed these "weed-people" doing nothing with their lives and having nothing to offer the world other than wreaking havoc in some way; and mindlessly passing along the sins of the father - whatever they might have been (Exodus 20:5-6). They don't realize they're easy prey for satan.
I remember one such person - a "religious" man who pretty much fooled everyone with his phony actions and ways - someone who started attending the synagogue Bill and I belonged to a couple decades ago. This guy completely managed to tear our congregation apart, bit by bit, thanks to the weak leadership who didn't recognize him for who he was...
My book, Destroyed from Within, is actually based on what happened in those dark dark days, perpetrated on us by one of those "weed-people" who clearly made Satan smile. Here’s a quick synopsis borrowed from the back cover:
"Satan just walked through the door!"
Those were Rebecca Ritter's initial thoughts when handsome rancher, R. B. "Rex" Lambert, first entered the Messianic synagogue!
And she was right. Not only did Rex end up wreaking havoc in the congregation, but he also devastated the leadership, caused some to lose their faith in God, and even managed to destroy the Rabbi's marriage.
Making matters worse, his very presence caused "flashbacks" for the forty-something Becca - flashbacks to a childhood fraught with unspeakable horrors at the hands of her demented father, Klaus-Dieter Behringer, a former prison guard at the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, who had a few sinister "skeletons in his closet."
Set in the beautiful countryside near Seymour, Missouri, "Destroyed from Within" is an intense, fast-moving psycho-thriller revealing how the "sins of the father" are passed along from generation to generation while depicting the many ways in which weak faith and poor leadership can lead people completely away from God.
(If you are interested in any of my books, you can find them on my books website: http://betorahobservant.com/ or at Amazon.)
Carmen, back in the 1999/2000 timeframe, back when Columbine made headlines, I started questioning why people do inhumane things to one another. Years later, I found the answers are in the Bible, that humans have a fallen nature (Genesis 3:5, Romans 1:18-32)) and we need to repent before it's too late.ReplyDelete