For wickedness burns like a fire; it consumes briars and thorns; it even sets the thickets of the forest aflame and they roll upward in a column of smoke. By the fury of the Lord of hosts the land is burned up, and the people are like fuel for the fire; no man spares his brother.” (Isaiah 9:18, 19)
Wickedness is like an infection, growing and consuming. When wickedness takes over, all constraints are cast off and there is a trail of destruction. The Lord counters with His own fury to awaken those who are consumed in wickedness. Through all of this, the people are like fuel for a fire, adding to the growing fire that wickedness produces. Wickedness always destroys.
Lord, all around is wickedness in our world and it seems to be on the increase. Help me see it clearly and then help me to not be caught up in its fire. Help me to see the warnings You send that I would not be fuel for the fires of wickedness that burn. Guide me into Your principles and truth knowing that in You alone is there hope through every situation that wickedness produces.
Thank You, Lord, for the salvation You have purchased to free all who come to You from the wickedness of this world. Guide me into Your Word and Way that I would live according to Your principles and see more clearly what the world promotes against the truth You have revealed. May I be faithful this day in living out Your precepts, being Your disciple. Amen.