1 Thessalonians 5 tells us to hold fast to what is good but to stay away from every kind of evil.
Honestly in today’s society that’s not so easy. TV, the Internet, billboards, newspapers, magazines bring what is vile, evil, unholy, right into our homes and before our eyes. Sometimes a very benign television program stops for a commercial break and there it is, something we had no desire to see. It’s hard to change the channel fast enough. The news can bring horrific details of the vilest of crimes, leaving us with images that are difficult to shake.
David, the author of this psalm, did not deal with some of the same kinds of situations we have, but there has always been evil in this world since satan entered the Garden of Eden. David’s temptations were different, but just as real.
He had a strategy for dealing with the temptations head on. “No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence. Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evildoer from the city of the Lord.” Psalm 101:7-8
His strategy? Every morning he would determine to follow what was good and stay away from what was evil. Every morning he would silence the wicked. It was a day after day decision. For us, it’s also a day after day decision. We can cry out to the Lord each morning and ask Him to help us to keep our hearts, our eyes, our minds fixed on Jesus.
Lord, in this world I am surrounded by evil and it seems to get worse every day. I need Your help to keep my eyes, heart, and mind centered on You.