The beautiful house was filled with priceless treasures given to the occupant by the Father. These gifts were so valuable that no one except the Father could afford a single one and yet the Father lavishly bestowed all of them on not just one but every single one of his children.
This angered the enemy. How he hated to see the children enjoying the gifts the Father had given them. The enemy wanted to rob the children of their gifts and destroy them! Why, they not enjoyed their gifts in the sunshine but they did so in the moonlight as well. In fact, they even had the audacity to dance about with them on the wildest and darkest of nights when they should be huddled up quivering in a corner somewhere! What was wrong with them?
The enemy waited quietly in the lengthening shadows. The door of the first house was closely guarded. In fact, there were guards posted around the entire house. Why there were even guards up on the roof.
Tentatively, he began to extend his foot forward but at that very moment, an alarm sounded, blinding lights came on and the enemy fled as the air was filled with the shouts of men and barking dogs.
He would try another house.
At last he found the perfect place. This house seemed to be unguarded. In fact, the door was not only unlocked, it was wide open. The enemy chuckled to himself and rubbed his hands together. The only thing that seemed to be missing was a welcome mat.
Quietly he slipped into the house and paused. He didn't detect any noise or even the slightest stir. Was the house empty?
He crept up the stairs and found the master bedroom. He paused and then cautiously turned the doorknob. Then he smiled. The inhabitant was not only asleep, they had thoughtfully covered their eyes and muffled their ears so that nothing could disturb their slumber.
While staring down at his victim, the enemy hastily called for reinforcements who arrived in record time with their trucks. Quickly they emptied the house of its treasure while their victim slept on peacefully unaware that he (or she for that matter) had just been robbed of their priceless gifts bestowed upon them by the Father.
The good news is that the gifts can be restored to their rightful owner if they repent, humble themselves and obey God. If they do so, God has promised that He will restore what the enemy has stolen from them (Deuteronomy 30:1-13). How much better it is, however, to never lose those gifts in the first place!
Proverbs 4:24 says:
Guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of your life.
By guarding our heart in the first place, we avoid needless trouble and sorrow. We enjoy the treasures of God uninterrupted and continue to grow in grace, wisdom and strength.
Our heart contains the treasures God has freely given to us and they are the most valuable treasures of all. We must not be foolish leaving it unguarded so that the enemy can come in to steal and destroy them. We must treat them like the priceless treasures they are and guard our hearts.
Scripture quotations taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.