Warning Land Mines Ahead!

NBBI President, Matthew Little
NBBI President, Matthew Little

Land mines are one of the most dangerous weapons in the world. Long after military conflicts end, these devastating devices lurk beneath the surface ready to wreak havoc on unsuspecting victims. Land mines are currently scattered across 78 countries and have killed or maimed over one million people. Approximately 26,000 people a year, 70 people a day or 1 person every fifteen minutes step on a land mine. It is estimated that there are 110 million active land mines worldwide. Due to World War II and the Egypt-Israel wars of 1956, 1967 and 1973, Egypt has the most land mines of any country in the world with an estimated 23 million. The nomadic people in Egypt refer to the mine field deserts as “The Devil’s Garden.”

We might rightly say that the world is “The Devil’s Garden” for he is its prince (John 12:31). The believer can hardly take a step in this world without encountering a spiritual land mine that is hidden beneath the surface but God has a solution.

Proverbs 2:21,23 says, “…keep sound wisdom and discretion…Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.” Proverbs reminds us that by wisdom God created the world (3:19) and by wisdom we must live in it (3:21). If our minds are focused on God’s Word and our lives are led by the Holy Spirit, “Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.”

Matthew Henry made this keen observation, “Wisdom will direct us into, and keep us in, the safe way, as far as may be, from temptation, and will enable us to walk in it with holy security.”

Satan has land mines that he would like us to step on but Psalm 119:98 says, “Thou through thy commandments has made me wiser than mine enemies.” The explosive land mines of sin can be avoided by the careful leading of God.

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