“Every wrinkle or line on [his] face he could match with another, for the years had marked his cheeks with experience, with laughter, with tears, with anger and with sadness, until there was left only a vast patience.” –Louis L’Amour (The Shadow Riders)
“These are the nations the Lord left in order to test Israel, since the Israelites had fought none of these in any of the wars with Canaan. This was to teach the future generations of the Israelites how to fight in battle, especially those who had not fought before.” –Judges 3:1-2 (HCSB)
Let your mind do some pondering of the following verse:
“A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy bring healing.” –Proverbs 13:17
There are a few things that come to my mind.
–When people distort the Word of God they also destroy its power and truth. If people find that they do not see the power of the Word in their lives, it may be because they are distorting the Word.
–Wicked messengers are big trouble. A wicked messenger is one who goes against the Word of God. They are kind of like the serpent in the Garden, “God has not said…”. These are people who call evil good and good evil–wicked messengers.
–Part of the blame is on the listener. They accept the message of the wicked; they do not cherish the true Word. They are like those that despised the prophets and went listening to a message that satisfied what they wanted to hear.
When George Washington was the chairman of the Constitutional Convention he heard a proposal for the Constitution that the United States could only have a standing army of 7,000 troops. His comment from the bench was that it was a good idea as long as there was put within the Constitution as well that any attacking army cannot be larger than 5,000 men.
That brought to mind a statement by Charlie Daniels, “Now they’re tryin’ to take my guns away, And that would be just fine, If you take ’em away from the criminals first, I’ll gladly give ya mine…”. Safe zones, no guns allowed, but it seems that people take them in there and for some reason (evil/wickedness) they use them against innocent people.
“Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.
In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!”
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Quit spitting on the handle and get to hoeing.”
“Some fellas have more wishbone than backbone.”
“Just because you are traveling a well-marked trail, doesn’t mean whoever made it knew where they was going.”