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August 4, 1990

Honest to God

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When I said, “My foot is slipping, “your love, O LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. PSALM 94:18-19
Bad decisions or circumstances have a way of compounding into personal or professional disaster. Once we have started down the wrong path, it is hard to get off. Cover-ups, deceit, and continual hardening of our hearts war against repentance and restoration.
The world is no help in these matters. It communicates a “don’t-ask-don’t-tell” message regarding sin and indiscretions, in which getting caught is the only cause for remorse. And the idea of catching yourself is out of the question.
On the other hand, there are times when ill circumstances have a way of finding us even if we are living the way we’re supposed to. There is no guarantee of easy times or the good life for the follower of Christ. The rain falls on the just and the unjust. In a moment, we can find ourselves without work, without a home, or without a spouse or loved one. These events forever alter the course of life and require great faith and perseverance.
When life goes awry, either through our own poor decisions or the random circumstances of life, it is important that we cultivate a healthy and honest life of prayer. We need to learn to be completely transparent with the Lord. He always knows what is going on in our lives, but He often chooses to wait until we bring an issue before Him until He responds on our behalf. It is a testament to His desire for relationship with us above all else. He is a jealous God, and He wants to be the first and preferred stop for all our issues.
How are we doing at gut-level honesty with God? Start today, whether your foot is slipping or not.

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