Cozy With Evil.

If I had been cozy with evil, the Lord would never have listened. But He most surely did listen, He came on the double when He heard my prayer. Psalm 66:18-19 (The Message)

Cozy (adjective) – opportunistic or conspiratorial intimacy; convenient or beneficial; snuggly, warm.

The Message version of Psalm 66:18 stopped me in my spiritual tracks. 

‘Cozy’ and ‘evil’, two diametrically opposed words, in the same sentence? 

Far too often Mr. Cozy and Miss Evil make the perfect match, magnetically attracted like Rocky and Adrian. 

The NIV version reads…If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

Again, ‘cherished’ and ‘sin’?

Nothing about evil feels cozy or warm or inviting.

In fact, I abhor evil. 

Don’t I?

Then why do I find I’ve cozied up to it again and again and again?

Sometimes I’m unaware I’ve opened the door a crack, let my eyes adjust to the darkness. Ever so subtly, in his clever and indirect way, the enemy niggles in, his desire to emerge met without defense.

Before long, I’ve cozied up to evil.

Beauty and the beast.

Only I’m not looking too beautiful and the beast isn’t a prince in disguise.

To avoid snuggling with evil I need to stay spiritually sharp. This takes practice, establishing a daily discipline of scripture reading and prayer, evoking the power of God. Exercising my faith in His ability to protect me from this bad boyfriend.

And it means being honest with God.

To acknowledge when I’ve become entirely too comfortable petting a lion who seeks to kill, steal, and destroy. To recognize how easily I justify things that are, at their core, unjustifiable.

Wrong. Evil. Far from cuddly wuddly.

Many have boldly asserted “It’ll never happen to me” or “I’d never do anything like that” prior to their stent behind bars or their marriage breaks down or they’ve gained several hundred pounds or their once-in-a-while pleasure becomes an insatiable craving.

After David’s sin with Bathsheba, a night spent in cozy acquaintance with evil, he uttered a heart-wrenching plea to God:

Do not cast me from your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

I hate the thought that God would turn a deaf ear to my prayer because I’ve allowed myself to become cozy with evil. Worse, to think He’d cast me from His presence.

But do I hate the thought of His displeasure more than I hate my sin?

A weighty question. 

It’s reassuring to read how quickly the Lord rushes to the aid of one who’s not cozied up with evil.

He came on the double when He heard my prayer. Psalm 66:19

This portrays a God Who’s hustling to my side, thankful I’ve broken it off with evil, and chosen to be faithful instead.

What about you? Do you ever discover you’ve cozied up to evil without realizing it? 

 

8 Comments

  1. Carol James says:

    Wow! Both thought-provoking and convicting. “To acknowledge when I’ve become entirely too comfortable petting a lion who seeks to kill, steal, and destroy. To recognize how easily I justify things that are, at their core, unjustifiable.”

  2. Booker T. W. says:

    But he’s so cuddly! How can it be evil?

  3. Stacey says:

    I love your illustrations, cozy with evil, beauty and the beast, the bad boyfriend. They provoke real thought and drive your point home. I love the part Carol James mentioned above. It’s my favorite paragraph.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Thanks, Stacey. I’m always amazed when I run across even just a few words in scripture and just have to hit the brakes and think on it. This scripture had that effect. May we always be aware of just who/what it is we’re cuddling up with.

  4. Yes, thought provoking and convicting is exactly right!
    Thanks for sharing
    Good luck and God’s blessings
    PamT

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