In times past, one of our friends at church organized a men’s quartet and they were quite good. They sang regularly at our church and often were invited to other churches.
My husband Robert a part of the quartet, and the men all decided they needed one of those large Bass fiddles so one person could play while they sang. Robert was adept at many stringed instruments, so he thought that was a great idea. The original plan was for all 4 of them to each pay $25 a month for a bass they bought on time at the local music store.
Robert was the second person to make the payment and he told the others, that he would pick up the payments and the bass would become his alone. They agreed and it was so.
As time went by, the children at church were very interested in this big piece of musical equipment and they would twist and turn the keys and get it out of tune.
One day, Robert noticed in the want ads, a used bass for sale at a very reasonable price. He went to look at it and although it was not quite as good as his, it was okay and he decided to purchase it.
This meant he could keep his good bass at home, unless the quartet went singing as guests elsewhere. The new second-hand bass was to be left at church in a side room.
One Sunday morning as we arrived at church, the pastor announced that on Saturday the church had been broken into and the bass and some other equipment had been stolen.
Can you beat that! Robbers have no respect even for a church and the thief had broken in to destroy and to steal.
Insurance paid for the damage done, but the bass was not replaced. At least we still had the original.
That reminded me that the devil has NO respect for anyone, whether it be a Christian or Non-Christian and he will rob and steal from anyone if given the even half the chance.
This is why Believers must ever be on their guard and set the burglar alarm to catch him at his work.
That old trickster loves to steal your peace and joy by inserting negative thoughts into your mind. He enjoys whispering that you have failed, you are not good enough and that you might as well give up.
We are to protect our thinking by first realizing those kind of thoughts do not come from us or from God, but they are sent direct from Satan himself to destroy us.
Instead let us be quick to substitute this kind of destructive thinking with the positive Word of God.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.