As I was doing my devotion this morning, I came across a scripture in Isaiah 14:21 and that scripture actually inspired this article. Let’s see what the Bible says over there;
“Prepare slaughter for his children because of the iniquity of their fathers, lest they rise up and possess the land, and fill the face of the world with cities”. Let me give a little background of this verse (Isaiah 14:21)
The book of Isaiah is a series of warnings and promises from the LORD to Israel and Judah through the Prophet Isaiah. At one point, the LORD hands over His people to the enemy in order to win their hearts. This plan always worked for the LORD and it is very interesting that it works in our days too where we seek the LORD only in the times of trouble.
In Isaiah 14, the LORD is again restoring the House of Jacob after the Babylonians captured them. I have also noticed that the LORD sets His people free from their captives and gives them power over their captors, this is revealed in verse 2 of this chapter. The LORD was going to destroy the King of Babylon who is a prototype of the satan Himself, and He gives this instruction; “Prepare slaughter for his children because of the iniquity of their fathers, lest they rise up and possess the land, and fill the face of the world with cities”.
Well, I was thinking that the LORD would rather have mercy on the children. They are young, they are not as wicked as their father, can’t they be spared? I heard a resounding NO! Wow, that was loud. The LORD gives His reasons for the NO!
He says we ought to slaughter them lest they rise up and possess the land and fill the face of the world with cities. Did you hear that? I did and this drew my attention to a passage in Songs of Solomon 2:15 which talks about the little foxes that destroy the vine. The ‘baby sins’ we see no potential in now but can eventually grow to take over our lives and ruin our reputation which is Christ.
Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. Song of Songs 2:15 NIV
Four little things that can destroy you.
1. Little leaven (1 Cor 5:6): Paul speaking to the church in Corinth talks about the little leaven that leavens the whole lump. In other words, just like a little cancer found in one cell which spreads to other cells and eventually destroys the whole body. I don’t know how many of us will want to live with just a little of the coronavirus in the system. The seemingly little sins will eventually grow to destroy the body of Christ.
Like I always say, your life is never just about you. Unhealthy cells produce unhealthy body. Your little sin will bring the church down. Yes, you matter. The little sins like telling lies, one dirty joke, stealing of coins and other ‘irrelevant’ items like pen, pencil and the little amounts of money will rise up one day to possess the cities of your life. God says, “slaughter them”.
2. Little sleep (Proverbs 6:10-11): I feel guilty about this, especially in this season where everything appears to be at a standstill. I turn in bed, check the time and then decide to sleep just a little and boom!! It’s midday already. I decided to do away with this attitude a few days ago and I am impressed at how productive I’ve been in these few days. Laziness is a fruit of the unholy spirit. This is one little thing that the devil is using to destroy believers. Just a little sleep robs us of quality morning times with the LORD. Just a little sleep could have prevented me from sitting up to type this article.
I want you to do a quick scan through your life and note down the productive things you
have missed by turning off the alarm for a little more of sleep. I have repented, I hope you will too.
3. Little folly (Ecclesiastes 10:1): The writer of Ecclesiastes is really an interesting person. I laughed when I found this passage because I’ve heard it a billion times that sometimes as a human being you have to fool a little. It is very common especially among believers who live in an unbelieving society.
They are seen as serious people (I am not referring to the rigidity associated with religion) with no room for folly. Today, I want to congratulate all of such people because a little folly spoils great wisdom and honor. A man of honor can be brought down just because of a little folly in speech. Don’t decide to fool a little because it can tarnish your image and that of Christ’s.
Watch the words you say and most importantly how you present yourself on social media, don’t follow a trend of folly.
4. Little flesh (Proverbs 5:3-4): This is something that crossed my mind as I was writing the third point and this goes to my beautiful women made by God for His glory. Sometimes, there is a tendency to show just a little flesh and curves. After all, you aren’t naked but the little flesh has made some ladies victims of rape. Others are still living in regret because they laid on the wrong bed for the right person to do the good thing at the wrong time. I said the right person because probably he could have been God’s will for you but your carelessness in dressing stirred up something in him.
Don’t dress like the strange woman and don’t be a strange woman leading man down to the grave of sin by showing just a little flesh. Check your motives, if it is just to show a little flesh, my dear, get that dress off now.
Decide to do away with the children of sin before they take over the cities which can be your mind or tongue and eventually possess the world which is your whole being.