Stop and Listen
We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
We've tried time and again to take care of ourselves. Maybe we learned early on that no one else would; at least that's the belief we've built our lives on. Time and again we find that life tends to overwhelm us, especially when we turn to our addictions to try to meet our needs. It just doesn't work.
"This is what the Sovereign LORD says: 'Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken. I will test you with the measuring line of justice and the plumb line of righteousness. Since your refuge is made of lies, a hailstorm will knock it down. Since it is made of deception, a flood will sweep it away. . . . Again and again that flood will come, morning after morning, day and night, until you are carried away.' This message will bring terror to your people" (Isaiah 28:16-17, 19).
When life comes crashing in, and we realize that our attempts to take care of ourselves don't quite make it, we have a choice. We can run away again, or we can stop and get the message God is sending. The pain God allows in our lives and the dissatisfactions we feel are meant to wake us up to the dangers of our chosen lifestyles. This will help us transfer our dependence to God, who can provide us with a solid foundation for living.
In the midst of our confessions, we need to continue to listen to what God may be saying to us.