One mysterious thing about evil is that the unsuspecting can unknowingly be used by people who have the intention of stopping what God is doing. This causes a lot of pain and it is the reason why Jabez prayed to God so that he could not cause pain in other people’s lives. In 1 Chronicles 4:10 the Bible says, “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested (KJV). He prayed this kind of prayer so that he could be kept from evil which causes a lot of pain in this world.
In World War Two, evil manifested with an unusual characteristic that was obvious, but every soldier who was on the losing side of that war claimed that he was just following orders. In Herod’s time a young lady danced so well that Herod told her to ask anything she desired. At first she did not know what to ask and was pliable to anyone’s suggestion. The young lady was not individuated enough to discern the intentions of hateful people that is why she was malleable to Herodias’ suggestion. It is amazing that people can go to such length just to make a point. They do not even care about the pain they cause on other people.
In this case the wife to Herod hated John the Baptist for pointing out that her marriage was an act of adultery. This is the reason why she wanted to have the head of John the Baptist beheaded. In Mark 6:18-19 the Bibles says, “For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife. Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not” (KJV). The young lady was as innocent as can be, but she was being used to destroy another person’s life. She was being used for evil and she probably did not know it.
Do not let yourself be used by someone else to destroy another person’s life. Make sure you are knowledgeable to the best of your ability about a given situation. We are supposed to live as children of light and it is necessary that we get ready to expose the works of darkness at all times.
In order to expose the works of darkness, we should have a certain level of awareness about the human condition of sin. You just never know what is in anyone’s heart therefore go by what the Holy Spirit brings to you attention. In Jeremiah 17:9 the Bible says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it” (KJV). If you remain objective in any given situation you can easily be discerning enough to know which way to go. Be led by the Spirit.