No Rest for the Wicked

“O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord. Give the Lord no rest until He completes His work, until He makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.” – Isaiah 62.6-7 NLT


There are so many problems in this world.  Hunger, war, disease, anger, and the list goes on. Since the time of Adam and Eve, there has been an evil in this world that none of us are immune to.  Unfortunately, we all are subject to many of those types of evil.


The question gets posed, “What can I do. I have a job, and a family, and obligations, and…and…and…”   While I understand not having a moment to yourself, what I don’t understand is why can’t we do more for the kingdom of God in our own everyday lives?  At work, at home, or wherever we are, we need to look for more opportunities to do good for others.  And whether or not we can do something physically for someone, we can and should always pray for them.


If you are a Christian, you have taken on the responsibility of showing Jesus Christ to this fallen world.  We need to empower rather than cut down and build up rather than destroy.  I once saw a man in a truck stop bathroom who was taking a paper towel and lightly cleaning around the dirty sink.  He didn’t work there, so I asked him why he was cleaning.  The man replied, “My Savior, Jesus, left this world better than what He found it.  I should do the same.”  Those words rang in my ears like a church bell.


Granted, it’s sometimes hard to model Christ for others, especially when we feel angry or offended by someone, but it is our duty children of the Most High God.  And frankly, it is those times when we see someone that is full of anger or sadness that we need to pray for them the most.  I know what my Lord and Savior has done for my life; how selfish that would be for me to want to keep the love of God all to myself.


Many people work with others and talk with them in the course of their day.  You may talk with them for 20 years about their kids, sports teams, their social habits, and a number of other things.  The one thing that people seem to have trouble sharing is the word of God.  Even if your job banned all religious speech, you can still share the love of Christ through your actions and reactions to business situations.  Your faith is something that you should be living out loud.  If you are a Christian, you should be the most ethical and most reliable person there.  You may not get it all right all the time, but there should still be a certain joy that you bring there.  A joy based on your God and not your circumstances.  Once people see your joy, they will have no choice but to ask you the reason why.


The point is to never give up, no matter what the fight looks like.  We as Christians need to walk straighter and hold ourselves to a higher standard than the rest of this world. Even when the devil throws all he has against you, you should be able to look him in the eye and smile, knowing you are protected by the blood of Jesus.  When the devil tries to condemn you, know that the King of Kings has already given you His seal of approval.  God loves you and wants the best for you and all of His people, so keep fighting the good fight.  Model Jesus to everyone and never stop praying for them.


No matter the country, color, or circumstances, people are not so different.  We all need prayers to not only find Jesus, but to walk with Him closer and closer everyday.  We fight against the sin in this world and the wickedness in ourselves, but through God’s saving grace, we shall find our rest with Him in Heaven for all eternity.


God’s blessings to you.