Summary: Many people have a spiritual life that is being handicapped by small unholy bugs called sin that they refuse to deal with nor attempt to prevent. This message makes the comparison, along with a second comparison about bees.
DON’T LET THE BED BUGS BITE
“Good night, sleep tight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite” has been spoken by loving mothers to their children for decades as they gently tucked their little ones to sleep and wished them a good night. The phrase itself carries within it the gentle reminder of a younger age and the loving ritual of our youthful mothers. Little did we know that there actually are millions of tiny little bed bugs just waiting for their chance to attack, and it appears that they are once again on the prowl.
The bed bug phenomenon began in United States during our early years when immigrants from Europe carried the little numskulls aboard their ships and right into the linen closets and bed sheets of America. After World War II, with the advent of DDT and the spraying of other insect killers, the bedbug population went quiet, almost like it had fallen asleep. It seems that our nation’s decision to take such a strong stance at killing cockroaches worked wonders at ending the bed bug infestation as well.
But the creepy critters are back. Some estimates have the increase at over 5000% per year over the last decade though it is hard for this mind to imagine an accurate statistic on the matter. Hotels, bed & breakfasts, and every bedroom in USA are under attack from this almost microscopic intruder. War has been declared as some people have gone to some extremes to stop them. These often times include putting poisons out to be ingested, buying bug eating pets, or even throwing away the infested item which means saying goodbye to mattresses, sheets, coaches, and the like. To stop the little buggers, Congress has proposed H.R. 2248, or better known as the “Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite Act of 2009” to attempt to halt them. Whether it will work or not, we do not know.
On the spiritual side, I believe there is help for any person’s life that is riddled with a bug problem that does not seem to go away. If the spiritual bug problem that is happening reflects a reoccurring sin that seems to be rampant in a person’s life, the cure is not some laboratory chemical created by man, nor the addition of some larger predator into the house, nor is it the complete tossing away of someone’s life in order to start again. The answer is Jesus.
In the book of Jeremiah, the author is confronted with the question of why God’s hand has seemed to be lifted off of his chosen people, why were bad times among the people. The answer was sin. Chapter 5 verses 24-25 state, “They do not say to themselves ‘let us revere the LORD our God. It is he who gives us the autumn rains and the spring rains at the same time. It is he who assures us of the regular weeks of the harvest.’ Your misdeeds have stopped these things from coming. Your sins have deprived you of my bounty.”
Christian friends, we do fight a battle against an almost invisible enemy that wishes to feed on our lives like a block-sucking insect. This adversary wishes to lead our lives into a state of immorality, of misdeeds. Satan, like bed bugs, can live for a brief period of time in a clean environment, but enjoys his longest stays in areas that are dirty, abandoned, and left to decay. So let’s stand up and fight these small battles against the sins that drag us down, the sins that leave us scratching ourselves rather than serving God. Let’s clean up our lives today, and let us start this battle right where Congress is beginning the battle against bed bugs--in our bedrooms.
Marmaris is a resort town located in the Mediterranean southwestern corner of Turkey. What was once a sleepy fishing village is now home to hundreds of thousands of people who make their money mostly off of tourism. During the mid-fifteenth century, the noble Knights of St. John adequately held off the armies of attacking Sultans for many years. But today, the city has a different problem from some very tiny invaders…bees.
In an unusual accident that I can never recall ever happening before, a truck driver transporting an enormous amount of beehives slammed into a parked vehicle sending the hives and the angry bees with them flying in all directions. With people injured from the accident, rescue workers (actually just local beekeepers who reside nearby) raced to the scene to help, as everyone had to fight the onslaught of the swarming bees. Video images show injured people wearing protective beekeeping masks carried in stretchers literally covered with bees.
Ben Franklin once said that if the bees ever go away, so will the people. He’s right. If bees ever cease to exist, there would be no pollination. No pollination means no crops. And no crops means no people. But how do we get the benefit of a bee without at the same time avoid getting stung? We have to take one with the other, and there is no exception to that principle. If we want to have to have the honey, we have to have the bees.