Before I adopted Buddy from Silky Terrier Rescue, he had a different master who mistreated him. When he came under my protection, his life dramatically improved for the better, as he is now loved, adored and doted on, instead of being abused.
Some people wonder why their lives continuously suck and never improve. The Psalmist, King David of ancient Israel, gives a clue why:
“The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied;” Psalm 16:a
Now, honestly, I cannot recall why it was recommended in a book I’ve been reading that a person should memorize this Psalm, but I’ve been working on it, one verse at a time. And whenever I repeat this verse, I feel sad for people who have rejected Jesus Christ, the cornerstone of the Christian faith, because they don’t realize that their lives could improve if they would accept Christ as their Shepherd and follow His direction.
Jesus never promised an easy life free of care, but that life would be “full of tribulation” (John 16:33). He did promise rest, peace and His love to help cope with the circumstances of life. After all, Satan still “prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour,” warned Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 5:8. Jesus is our only protection from our “adversary”.
But what will happen is that you’ll stop shooting yourself in the foot. By faithfully reading the Word of God, the Bible, and asking the Holy Spirit to help you apply what you’re learning (which is wisdom, the application of knowledge), you’ll do and say fewer stupid and sinful things that get you into unnecessary trouble.
As I’ve grown in the knowledge of God’s love for me and others, I am learning where I fall short of perfect love. Like all Christians, I’m learning where my attitudes and behavior is unloving and how to grow and change. I know that I am a much better person than I was the day I became born again March 7th, 1989, and I will be a kinder person next year as God, through the Holy Spirit, continues to shine His flashlight of truth into the dark rooms of my soul and cleans out the dirt and cockroaches of selfishness.
So, please ask yourself: Are you shooting yourself in the foot?
God bless from Dawn and Buddy
If you said, “Yes, I’m tired of having sore feet,” please pray this short prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know I have fallen short of your perfect standards and deserve punishment for my sins, which is eternal separation from You. But you sent Jesus to take the punishment that I deserve, because You love me and want to be my best friend and father. Please forgive my sins. I believe that Jesus died for my own sins on the Cross and was resurrected bodily from the grave. I ask Him to be my God, Lord and Shepherd. I ask for the Holy Spirit to enter into my life and be my guide. For Jesus promised, “your heavenly Father (will) give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him (Luke 11:13).”
If you prayed that prayer, please read the Bible every day and ask that God lead and guide you. Seek a Bible-based church to attend, once the lockdowns are lifted, so that you have fellow Christians to help you learn more about God and encourage you in your faith and life. The 23rd Psalm is a great Bible passage to memorize. It’s short and will encourage you.