Sterling Principle # 15
Oh listen, dear child—become wise; point your life in the right direction. Don’t drink too much wine and get drunk; don’t eat too much food and get fat. Drunks and gluttons will end up on skid row, in a stupor and dressed in rags.
To be addicted is to be compulsively controlled. God’s best advice is to point our lives in the right direction—away from potentially addictive behaviors. The “right direction,” is different for each person but has universal similarities. God’s first major life-pointing-direction in the Bible is summed up in Exodus 20–the Ten Commandments. We don’t like the word “commandments” but God provided them to help prevent compulsive behaviors.
Many choices in this life lead us into compulsive behaviors. Behaviors don’t come into our lives uninvited. No one poured alcohol down the throat of a drunkard. That was a life choice. No one force-fed another in order to make them fat. We make the choices about what we will eat. Parenting has a HUGE impact on the direction of the children’s lives. Example is everything!
God’s antidote for avoiding compulsive behaviors is to instead fill ourselves with His Spirit and which gives joy and peace without end. The Bible is the path to meeting God’s Spirit which is the key to living the life of an overcomer. The Bible provides each of us with a personalized life-pointing-direction that will bless our lives and always lead us in the right direction for maximum happiness.
God’s Question: Are you happy with the direction of your life?
God’s Promise: I am always available to help you make U-turns.
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for the deep peace You give through Your Word.
I am sorry I don’t always make the right choices.
Thank You for never leaving or forsaking me.
Help me so live to help others choose to follow You.