Friday, October 26, 2012

Life Can Be Rough

Jeremiah had a difficult life in the Bible book of Jeremiah. 

He was a prophet sent by God to correct leaders that hated hearing bad news and refused to change.  Their bad attitudes caused the nation to fall by invaders and Jeremiah to lead a lonely, dangerous life.

Life can be difficult and challenging with God's help but impossible without.  Our Creator knows the big picture and where we fit into it. 

When people ignore God's directions, there are always inevitable consequences.  However, He is full of mercy and often a resolution can be found with repentance and prayer.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Accept Loving Correction

In the Bible book of Isaiah, the Prophet Isaiah helped save his people from destruction by correcting them.  The Israelites requested positive affirmations only but a prophet's job was to speak the hard truths from God.  

Isaiah obeyed God without question and taught the people with many lectures and object lessons.

While people love to hear positive feedback about their behavior, this is not as important as being corrected.  Beneficial guidance can lead to spiritual growth and avoiding consequences.  

Everyone needs the Creator for His loving direction, so pray for His advice.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Stop Addictions

Songs of Songs in the Bible poetically describes a beautiful love story.  King Solomon wrote this when he had 60 wives and 80 concubines, so he was not lacking in experience. 

This romance sounds so exciting that one would think Solomon never married again, but he collected another 640 wives and 220 concubines.  What could one man do with 1,000 women?

Addictions can come in many forms, but they are all destructive.  Obsessive behavior clouds our thinking and becomes an obstacle in the relationship with God.  

We have to recognize the problem, understand the cause, exert our will power, pray for help and never give up until the harmful desire is eliminated.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Find Real Meaning

In the Bible book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon wrote about all the knowledge he gained.  However, Solomon found all this worldly wisdom meaningless and lost his close connection with God.

People can live for this world, but  if they search long enough, like Solomon did, they will discover meaninglessness, too. 

Find real meaning in our existence by personally knowing our Loving Creator Parent and never letting it slide.