“But the wicked will perish, and the enemies of the Lord will be like the glory of the pastures. They vanish–like smoke, they vanish away.”
With 69% of the Carr fire contained, the smoke here in Redding is dissipating, vanishing away. Though it hovered over us so oppressively for never-ending hours of over-heated days, the worst of it has perished. It is finally giving way to the efforts of the firefighters whose plight against the wickedness of home-consuming flames faintly parallels the victory of the Battle of Good and Evil. In Psalm 37, our Creator gives us a preview of the ashes that attend the Battle’s End:
‘Transgressors will be” cremated–“utterly destroyed.” Therefore, sternly we are instructed, “Do not fret because of evildoers. Be not envious of wrongdoers. For they will wither quickly . . . the wicked will perish . . . they vanish like smoke.”
Can you imagine evil vanishing like smoke?
Blue skies again are visible in Redding. After being gone for a week, Jim and I returned today to healthy air quality. Life, not death, prevailed.
I am heartened by the certainty of our Maker’s clear announcement:
“The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord. He is their Strength in time of trouble. And the Lord helps them and delivers them. He delivers them from the wicked and saves them because they take refuge in Him.”
Read Psalm 37, all forty verses, and wave good-bye to the Carr fire, yet please continue in ongoing prayer for the firefighters and officials and those ravaged.
Thank You for the visual of evil dissipating like smoke. We praise You because You’re greater, far greater than any force or rebellious power that tries to burn us up or scorch our souls. Thank You for helping the firefighters and officials who are still working, battling minute by minute as we pray. Please sustain them all the way to final victory. Grant them full replenishment, deep comfort, and new strength. With that, we ask again for grace to all who face massive loss, especially Ed Bledsoe and all the family and friends who lost Jeremy and Don and others who died in these wildfires and for all who lost their homes and personal treasures. Oh, for the smoke to vanish. Please clear the smoke from their lives.
In Jesus’ Name,