Easter - 2018

Monday, September 14, 2009

Desperation leads to compromise!

Do not hold against us the sins of the fathers;
may your mercy come quickly to meet us,
for we are in desperate need.

Help us, O God our Savior,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us and forgive our sins
for your name's sake. - Psalm 79:8-9
Desperation often leads to things that don't minister life to us. People who are desperate to make more money can get caught in the trap of compromising their conscience. I wonder how many young girls have gotten into pornography because they had a dream to be a model, but would not wait for God to open doors of positive opportunity. Another, is young men that will compromise their integrity so that they might move up the financial ladder.

Everyone of us needs to work on making decisions when we are calm and sound...not when we feel desperate. Desperate choices lead to poor consequences. If you are emotionally distraught, wait 24 hours and pray for God's direction and leading.

I once heard a story about a desert nomad who awoke in his tent one night feeling extremely hungry. He sat up, turned on the light, looked around his tent, and saw a bag of dates in the corner. He reached in to the bag, took one, and bit into it, only to discover there was worm in it. He spit it out and took a second one, but he found another worm. He tried one more time and all he had in his mouth was worm. Because his hunger was so intense, he pondered a moment what he should do. He turned off the light, reached into the bag, and proceeded to eat all the dates.

At times people turn out the lights of their conscience and do things in desperation, trying to fill the intense longing in their hearts. They are willing to bear the consequences of their sin in exchange for a moment of happiness. God's will is not that we have a moment, but rather a lifetime of happiness, adventure, romance, and fulfillment.

I am choosing to wait on God - in this desperate time in America, won't you join me. - You know I love ya, Don

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