No Shortcuts

Bible Reading: Matthew 4

We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

We may be searching for a shortcut to happiness. The road of life often takes us through painful places we'd rather avoid. Some of us have gotten off the right track, lured away by hopes of a faster and easier way to "the good life."

Jesus faced this same temptation. He was destined to become the King of all the earth. The plan was that he would come to earth as a man, live a sinless life, die to pay for our sins, rise from the dead, and go back to heaven to wait for those who would be his. Then he would return to earth to claim his people and his rightful place as King of kings. Satan offered him a shortcut. "The devil . . . showed him [Jesus] all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. ‘I will give it all to you,' he said, ‘if you will kneel down and worship me.' ‘Get out of here, Satan,' Jesus told him. ‘For the Scriptures say, "You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him' " (Matthew 4:8-10). If Jesus had fallen for this trick, he would have sinned and lost everything.

We need to beware of "shortcuts" that take us even one step outside of God's will. We're warned, "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7). This resistance is sometimes shown by ignoring offers that are "too good to be true." There are really no quick fixes in life. The path of recovery can be long and hard, but many have gone before us and made it. As we stay on the path, taking one step at a time, we'll find the good things in life.

On our journey toward recovery, shortcuts are only stepping-stones to a relapse.

 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.