The wrong end of an evil plot

Ever been there? Maybe it was through words or actions others planned out deep in the confines of their tactful minds. 

What’s so amazing is that at that time, you didn’t get it. They did it with such finesse that they left you speechless. It’s only later that you realize what “hit” you. About such people, David said:

“For he flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated” (Psalm 36:2). 

You’ve got to give them credit. They’re slick! Their words are so smooth that they flatter themselves. And you, you’re just too naïve to realize their plot. Maybe it’s just me. I’m just too dumb to detect evil amidst such skillful finesse and sweet talk. By the time I realize it, it’s too late. 

“The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit; he has ceased to act wisely and do good. He plots trouble while on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not reject evil.” (Psalm 36:3–4)

But even people like me have a refuge, a shelter. You’ll not be so easily destroyed by the plots of those who scheme such things against you. In the midst of talking about such evil plots, David reflects on God’s love for us. 

“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 36:7). 

If you have experienced the terrible effects of evil, you can take refuge in the shadow of God’s love. You are not like fresh meat thrown to the dogs. God’s love will be your refuge. You can rest in the shadow of his wings. 

But in the midst of suffering from the effects of the evil plots of your enemies, it’s difficult to see God. Yet his hand is there. Things may be falling apart all around you, but you’re not falling apart. It is God’s hand that sustains you. He is your refuge, keeping you under the shadow of his wings. 

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