Lessons from a dummy…. Vol 38
Adversity doesn’t play favorites. God walks with all of us down paths he allows…(maybe even chooses for us) to help us learn lessons and grow more like Him. Sometimes those lessons are hard and not easily learned and we find ourselves in patterns of adversity. (Nothing theological here…just my thoughts.) Kind of like in the movie Groundhog Day. We get to keep repeating the same dumb things until the light goes on.
Bill Murray finally got it….but sometimes we NEVER learn. Sometimes we never get out of the quicksand or we get out momentarily, and step right back into it. Do you ever feel that way? Are you like me at all? You know you’re in adversity. Maybe it’s a consequence of a bad decision. You make a course correction…you get out. All is well for a little while…then you choose to make a bad decision again and you’re right back in the quicksand.
The sad thing is when you know it’s happening, you can see the quicksand right ahead of you, and you step in it anyway.
The Bible talks about the person who suffers unjustly…I Peter 2:1 – 2:25. These people are commended…theirs is a good consequence. Conversely, when we choose to make poor or even bad decisions (which may even be sin) the consequences are not so good…even disasterous.
The scary thought for me is what is going to have to happen to break the pattern. How do I move from wanting to make decisions that provide instant gratification but continue a destructive pattern. I’m convinced that there is no other way but denial of self and intake of the Word to replace the unhealthy desires for things that can get in the way of my relationship with God first…and perhaps diminish the painful lessons of poor decision-making.
I’ll make you a promise…you pray for me…and I’ll pray for you!
Job 42:10 ESV /
And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Ephesians 6:18 ESV /
Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
1 Timothy 2:1 ESV /
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,
James 5:16 ESV /
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.