Talk about kicking someone while they are down. I read a news story exactly two years ago about a car that fell into a sinkhole in suburban Atlanta. Many of the roads in Atlanta were damaged as a result of heavy flooding, which in turn caused sinkholes around the city. The owner of the vehicle escaped with minor injuries. But there was a problem. The car was left there over the weekend. On Saturday night, vandals went down into the sinkhole, cut out the seats of the car, and stole the car’s radio. Give a guy a break! The owner had already experienced a flood. He had already lost a vehicle. Now you want to go and take out his seats and radio? The good news was that he was saved. But then someone decided to add insult to injury by jumping down into the sinkhole and stealing the man’s valued possessions.
The vandals…had returned.
Thankfully, God saves us from similar sinkholes in our lives. There may be storms and floods. We might feel trapped. But God reaches down and rescues us from peril. We really have to be careful when we are rescued from a situation.
More often than not, the vandals will return.
Remember Jesus’ words? An unclean spirit leaves a person (they are rescued from a situation), walks around, finds no rest, and comes back (See Luke 11:24-26). Not only does he come back, the joker brings other baggage with him. This spirit moves back in and Jesus concludes saying, “the last state of that person is worse than the first” (Luke 11:26). Why would you go back to that relationship you were “done with”? Why allow garbage back into your life that you’ve taken it out or sent down the trash chute? Why revisit stuff that you’ve promised to let go? Storms will come, sinkholes will occur, but we have a promise that God will deliver and rescue us. Whatever you do…just don’t allow the vandals to return.