I have been observing the intentional and determined nature of cockroaches as they manoeuvre to create a cockroach infestation. The fact is there are huge similarities between how they proceed and process the infrastructure they want to dominate and the way some people specialise in destroying the character of those around them.
Here are five takeaways:
1. When cockroaches decide to destroy your home they intentionally choose to live between the tiny gaps between your cupboard and the wall where you can’t reach them, where it is dark and you cannot know their business as to how many eggs they have or how many children they are expecting.
2. When cockroaches decide to destroy your home they anxiously wait in their dark hideout – listening to you cook your food that you bought with your hard earned money, but behind your back they are secretly planning how to devour it before you.
3. When cockroaches decide to destroy your home they don’t care how long you take to systematically clean all day. They will eat from your cleanest plate and stuff down your delicious dinner and add their faecal matter and their bodily fluids to garnish your meal when you are not looking.
4. When cockroaches decide to destroy your home they never parade all at once or identify themselves so you know how many have taken up residence – they are very careful to take turns to do their hunting for food and would eat one another if you accidentally leave a dead cockroach lying around.
5. When cockroaches decide to destroy your home they intentionally choose to work, eat and destroy at night time when you are sleeping and you cannot look them in the eye and confront them – all you know is that you can see next morning the evidence and the aftermath of their wicked thoughts and nasty actions.
Unfortunately, in the same way cockroaches manoeuvre to destroy the character of homes at night, there are some individuals who manoeuvre to destroy other people’s characters and as Psalm 10:3-11 says:
3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.
4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.
7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.
9 He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.
10 He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.
11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.
The good news is that:
1. “…the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His…” [ 2 Chronicles 16:9 NASB ], and
2. “…there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” [ Hebrews 13:8 NASB ]
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