“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.” Lamentations 3:40.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Lamentations 3-5, and Revelation 15.
I need to examine the way I do things.
Mileage on something doesn’t necessarily make it a good thing.
I have recently figured out that I have an addiction for a certain behavior. I wish I could report that it is a good habit……….but it isn’t.
I have excused myself for such behavior since I have been married. “It is who I am,” I tell myself. “It was wrong and I will see that it doesn’t happen again”…….but it does.
I finally sorted out that this behavior is at the addiction level. I looked at a book on Alcoholics Anonymous and noted that they identify themselves and their addiction. They will say something like, “I am Ralph and I am a cocaine addict.” They connect themselves to an owned-up-to addiction. They recognize their neediness.
When I approach my life-long behavior as an addiction I identify myself with the problem and recognize my neediness. I am not in charge.
Reverting to something frequently could well be an addiction. Addictions can appear in the form of habits, I believe. And I want to face mine as an addiction.
God wants us to look at how we are. We need to be clean before Him. We cannot continue to behave in an ungodly manner. If we can’t make the necessary adjustments to change the ungodly behavior, we need to recognize our neediness in this regard and plead for His help as a cocaine addict would. God is there for us.
“Lord, I need You every second. Help me now to fully behave in a Godly fashion. Help me to lean entirely on You for support. I plead for the safety of those under the influence of Irma in Florida. Protect and comfort them. You are in charge. I love You, Father.”
I want God in 24/7 in assisting me with my addiction. I want to lay my neediness before Him as often as I’m able. I need Him desperately.