Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Evil is never so dangerous as when it disguises itself as good. ~Dennis R. Maynard, When Sheep Attack
"I just never saw it coming . . ."
Sally's voice trails off. Tears stream down her cheeks. She clutches her coffee cup to steady her trembling hands.
Her husband of fifteen years leaves her for another woman. He wants a divorce.
This man who always treated her kindly, lovingly. Provided handsomely for her and the children. The one who vowed 'til death do us part . . .
As I listen to her story, I am grief-stricken. Shell shocked. This couple, my friends for years . . . how can this be happening? Robert is such a good man.
Or, seemed to be.
Or, was . . . Or, was he ever?
Because Satan, the father of lies, rarely sports his readily identifiable costume replete with horns and a pitchfork.
He dons any number of unsuspected guises. Hides behind smiles and words that reassure us. Lull us into complacency. Dull our awareness.
And, when we are at our most vulnerable, he strikes. Hard!
A breath-knocked-out blow. The plunge and twist of the blade.
And, hope and faith and love fall to their knees.
Good is no longer.
We are crushed. Broken.
But, not beyond repair . . .
When we trust the Lord to heal us. In His goodness. In His time.
Sally looks up at me, her eyes moist and mournful.
"I really want to hurt Robert back. Hurt him like he's hurt me. But, I can't. I just can't. There are too many wonderful memories. And, repaying evil with evil? It will only serve to punish me in the end."
Amen, my brave and faithful sister. Amen.
Have you ever mistaken evil for good?
Will you pray with me?
Deliver us from evil, Father. Keep us safe and strong in the knowledge and love of You and of Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Give us wise and discerning hearts to recognize Satan in all his nefarious disguises. Help us to overcome evil with good. Amen.
Psalms 118 or 145