I recently found out that my website, which contains my blog, was hacked again. This was the second time it happened. The files were contaminated with “malicious content”. Although, the web host repaired the contaminated files, I lost confidence in their ability to protect and secure my website.
A web host is like a gatekeeper that stores all the files for your website. The web host is suppose to back up the domain and provide security measures to protect from hackers and spammers. Since this is beyond my technical scope I decided to find another web host that was more user friendly and would take the extra security measures to safeguard my blog.
My blog is sacred to me as it contains most of my writing pieces, which as you know, are very personal and hopefully inspire others on their faith journey. Of course it’s not completely up to the web host to safeguard the website. It is also the owner’s responsibility to back up and take other security precautions like installing anti-spam software and other security plugins that will help monitor and protect your site.
As parents or guardians, we take security measures and set boundaries in order to protect the welfare of our children. In terms of valuables, such as jewelry, stocks, bonds, wills or sacred personal items, they are often stored in a safety deposit box.
However sometimes we neglect what is most sacred, intangible and of which is invisible to the eye; our personal relationship to God which is crucial in sustaining our inner soul.
The Book of Proverbs is all about preventing “malicious content” from bringing harm or destruction in loving and serving the Lord, safeguarding our personal relationship with Him.
Guarding the sacred.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.” Proverbs 2:6-8
Not only does Proverbs outline measures for us to protect our hearts but it also counsels us against becoming hackers ourselves, instructing us how to treat others in a godly manner.
Just as with securing a website, we are also given knowledge and wisdom to go the extra steps in guarding what is most sacred; to allow the intimacy with God to remain steadfast and ultimately protect our soul.
So true. Satan will hack into our sacred spaces with the Lord if he can. The extent to which he tries to do this is a measure of how important that sacred place is. I’m enjoying that space these days. But this is a good reminder to guard it. I will check my gates often! My relationship with the Lord is more important to me every day.
Exceptionally insightful. He targets us in our most vulnerable places. I think the true challenge I have is to breathe (sigh) and seek God in these places because by nature I’m inclined to get frustrated and angry. Which is precisely what Satan loves to see happen. As Ginny says… ‘I will check my gates often.” I need a clear path to Jesus.
Your eloquence and truth are spot on!! Keep writing
Thank you, Beautiful Lucy! How wonderful that you were able to turn an unfortunate experience into an important spiritual teaching. Yes! Keep writing!
THank you for the encouragement!!!