Friday, October 4, 2019 | Pastor Kevin
We hear regularly about the opioid crisis, and we know that a percentage of Americans struggle with addictions to alcohol, adrenaline, and pleasure. We then hear our politicians tell us how to think and how to live our lives and how to raise our kids, and guess what, we do it! Why? Solomon gives us some insight when he says, "wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise." Alcohol and other addictions steal our ability to think clearly and open us to the foolish advice of those around us. We never get deep in our faith or in relationships because of the addiction. Solomon gives us a different view of a man/woman who is not addicted to alcohol, but is addicted to Jesus..."The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out." We all have that depth, but we allow the world to steal it away or stop us from truly understanding it. We never dig down deep, because we prefer to live on the surface never really understanding why we live the way that we do. This has to break God's heart. He made those deep waters so that we could go below the surface and experience real relationships with Him and with the people He brings into our lives. What is stopping you from delving deeper into your own life? Are you scared of what you might find? If we are not willing to deal with past hurts, regrets, and mistakes, we are going to struggle to move forward. If we deal with those internal issues, life gets much more enjoyable and our walk with God and with others grows much deeper than ever before. That is healthy in God's eyes, and it is what He wants for each of us.
Help me, Lord, to dive deep into my own self and find healing from the hurts, disappointments, and mistakes that have shaped my life to this point. Help me to put away any addiction that might stop me from diving deep and growing in my walk with You.