Military special forces, weapons, operations and missions are not new things. They are as old as war itself. One person in history who is highly regarded for his inventiveness not only in mathematics but also military is Archimedes of Syracuse. His brainchildren kept Romans at bay, for about two years, despite the fact that they were very powerful than Syracuse. As for missions, Ulysses of Ancient Greece was a force to reckon with. This is according to Iliad, Homer’s epic poems.
The Acheans (Greeks) were at war with the city of Troy, and they could not penetrate the Trojans defences for ten years. Ulysses came up with a superb idea that surprised the Trojans and ended a decade-old siege punctuated with skirmishes and battles. The idea was this, The Acheans made a large wooden horse, placed their special forces within, and left it at Troy’s gates. They then retreated tactically. The Trojans thought the Greeks were war-weary and had left for good. They then pulled the horse into their city after a heated debate whether to do so or not. When the night came, the horse opened and a group of warriors climbed out to destroy Troy from within.
Sometimes we walk around carrying and celebrating Trojan horses, not realising that they are our destruction in waiting
Are you sparing the Eucalyptus?
Scientist for long have reminded us that Eucalyptus trees consume a lot of water from the ground and thus should not be planted in wetlands. The trees suck the water from the ground compromising the survival of various life forms.
Unabated, this practice climaxes in inadequate water, food, and many other serious environmental consequences. This is the same reason that made the late Environment Minister John Michuki in 2009 to direct that eucalyptus trees near rivers be uprooted. Planting of trees in such areas was also banned
What God hates
The Book of Proverbs 6:16-19 list seven things that God hates as follows.
1. Eyes that are arrogant
2. A tongue that lies
3. Hands that murder the innocent
4. A heart that hatches evil plots
5. Feet that race down a wicked track
6. A mouth that lies under oath
7. A troublemaker in the family.
An examination of these seven things shows that they are as a result of motives inhabiting crevices within our dark hearts. In fact the writer of Proverbs is pointing the finger at our hearts.
Arrogance resides in the deepest chambers of our hearts. Humility and arrogance are mutually exclusive events. This is the idea that I am better than others. It is an exaggerated sense of self-importance. It is the public display of purported superiority.
Its aim is to put others down. We always forget the simple and obvious fact that we cannot get better by making others worse. We cannot move forward by pulling others backward. We cannot grow tall by cutting others down. It does not work that way. Arrogance was the original sin of Satan, who wanted to be the Most High (Isaiah 14:13-14).
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
– Theodore Roosevel.
Lies stem from our hearts. They destroy families, communities and even nations. We often lie to achieve our selfish ends. Lies begin with ‘Me, I and Myself’. It is about me and not us.
It pays to crosscheck statements for facts before passing them over. Lies perpetuated over and over again may finally sound truthful but the fact is that they are still lies. Think about the harm that will be caused by lies!
Lies are disseminated very fast, by us, but corrective truth is not propagated as fast as such. Satan is the high priest of lies (John 8:44).
“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on”
– Winston Churchill
In most of the cases, murder does not just occur from blues. People harbor murderous thoughts in their hearts before they execute them. We murder for different reasons. Perhaps because of positions, money and power.
Whatever the reason, it should always click in our minds that God hates murder. It is ironical that even those who murder at one point they also die.
When you murder one person, you have actually destroyed generations and generations, for there are generations of people in a single person – unborn children; unborn grandchildren; unborn great grandchildren. And that is why God hates murder. Satan was a murderer from the beginning, and we should not become his accomplices (John 8:44)
“It costs a lot more than your life. To murder innocent people? It costs everything you are.”
– Suzzane Collin.
God also hate the heart that hatches evil plots. It is the art and science of perpetually scheming how we can accomplish evil. How do I destroy him? How do I make her look lesser? How can I take advantage of him? Howe can I make her fall? An evil heart is full of evil questions and equal measure of evil answers. It is the heart of Satan. Satan is always designing strategies to keep us under. We can counter him by deciding to abandon our evil plots.
“An evil plan does mischief to the planner.”
Feet that run to evil
Satan moves to and fro looking for someone to devour (Job 1:7; 1st Peter 5:8). It is the same case with us human beings. We cannot settle at one place. Our feet are itching to go commit evil. Our feet are swift at running to commit evil than good. Isn’t ironical that we move faster to go shed blood than spreading the Gospel? We love moving around passing gossip, backstabbing, and stealing.
Our feet should only move quicker in spreading the gospel. Only the Kings’s business should make us travel in haste (Isaiah 52:7; 1st Samuel 21:8).
Then there are those once who find keeping promises and delivering on them a preetry hard row to hoe. Not that they somehow found it hard to keep them, but they entered the agreement fully aware that they will at one point lead you down the garden path. Satan is the father of lies and he does not give true promises. He promised Adam and Eve that their conditions will change by eating the forbidden fruit. He promised Jesus that he would give him the entire world if he worshipped him. Satan can make a very good politician.
However, our God fulfils his vows. He does not give empty promises. He does not proclaim hollow assurances
Satan brought a discord among the host of Heaven by wanting to topple God. He stirred strife in and God had to send him packing. He is the father of disunity in families, communities and nations. We cannot allow ourselves to be his copycats. We cannot afford the price of dividing our families, communities and nations. The consequences of dividing a family, a community or a nation can be devastating
Uproot the Eucalyptus Tree
All the above sins that God hates are like the Eucalyptus tree that deplete your surrounding of water. It does not only make the surrounding dry but also produce chemicals that ensures other plants around are killed and do not offer competition.
The only best way to ensure our lives are watered and the environment is turned luscious again is by uprooting the tree. We are to uproot the tree of arrogance, lies, murder, strive, and selfishness.
Always do to others what you would want be done to you. This is the golden rule given by Jesus (Matthwe 7:12.).
Questions to ponder over
1. How would you feel if you were lied to?
2. How would you feel if a closest person was murdered?
3. How would you feel if you were treated in arrogance?
4. How would you feel if you knew someone was plotting your downfall?
5. How would you feel if learnt that someone feet are swift at carrying out evil against you or persons close to you?
6. How would you feel if someone took advantage of your naïveté or innocence to dupe you?
7. How would you feel if somebody decided to divide your family, community, and nation?
“So, in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for these sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
– Jesus of Nazareth