In Alcoholics Anonymous' twelve-step program those seeking recovery are taught that when they become "restless, irritable, and discontent' they're in danger of going back to their drug of choice. And that doesn't work! Why? Because inside each of us there's a God-shaped blank that only He can fill. Some of us try to fill the blank with human relationships. Jesus met a woman who'd been divorced five times and was now living with her boyfriend. The conversation went like this: "Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw." (vv.13-15). Your body tells you when it's hungry and thirsty. So does your soul—and if you're wise you'll listen. The only "safe" addiction is total surrender and dependency on God! We all have a tendency to respond to what our flesh craves instead of what our spirit needs. So we turn to things like work, sex, and entertainment. Now we've added a new one—the Internet. Psychologists are actually treating people with "Internet addiction." King David had it all: power, popularity, pleasure, and possessions. But it left him empty, so he wrote, "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God." (Psalm 42:1). Learn to recognize when you are "restless, irritable, and discontent," and reach for God.
"So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me." (Hebrews 13:6)
Our Lord is mighty beyond imagining. His power and strength are above measure. None may stand against the weight of His arm. And He will protect us, His people, to everlasting. Having been made His children, we who believe live under His defense as long as there exist enemies to His throne. Rejoice in the fact of your salvation, O believer, for your redemption is to life eternal and unshakeable! The darts of the enemy may be of deadly flame, yet they shall never pierce His people! We rest under the banner of the King and sit in the shade of His mighty shield! Take heart in the strength of our Lord and give no fearful recognition to the weak boasting of the world's powers.
Week #32 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Leviticus 25-27
Monday: (History) 1 Chronicles 1-4
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 93-95
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 16
Thursday: (Prophecy) Daniel 1-6
Friday: (Gospels) John 3-4
Saturday: (Letters) 2 Thessalonians