21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
Yesterday, Jason discussed how bad company will make us bad ourselves.
To go a step further, when we live a life of sin, whatever that may look like, we tend to gather like-minded people around us, reinforcing our sinful behaviors. Eventually, we have to deal with our sin.
If all we have around us is our sin and those who promote it, what should we expect? That everything will be alright? That we will never have problems?
This verse tells us that, in fact, the consequences of our sin track us down. The Apostle Peter told us in 1 Peter 5:8 that the Devil is actually seeking us out to destroy us!
Whatever vice or sin we have in our life is a beacon for Satan, calling him after us to pursue us and drag us deeper to our death. Things will only get worse the longer we live in our sin. Eventually, it leads to not only a literal death but eternal destruction.
The Other Pursuer
Those who live a life of righteousness, a life given to God, can expect a different outcome.
While a righteous person may interact with the more sinful, they are not tainted by that sin. Instead, they more closely associate with those who promote righteousness, or at the very least keep God central in their lives.
An interesting thing happens when we pursue God:
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Do you see it?
Not only does God actively pursue those who pursue Him, but the Devil will actually run away!
We must remember, however, that he only runs away because he has been close. The more we walk with God, the more the Devil will want to break us apart.
The great news is that as we pursue God, we have God defending us.
Ultimately, we are repaid with eternal life.
Precious Savior, thank You for rescuing us from our sin and the grip of the Devil. Help us see You pursuing us. Give us the faith to pursue You. Give us the strength to resist the Devil when he comes after us, for by Your power he will flee!