Monday, July 20, 2015

Recognizing Reality

For several weeks a radiologist had suffered with a painful stomachache. Noting his discomfort, his associate suggested that he have a series of x-rays to rule out any problems.
He agreed to this plan and was assigned a number by the clinic. The next day he was examining a nameless x-ray that he did not know was his. Suddenly he cried out, “Contact this person immediately. He has inoperable cancer.”
Unfortunately, many of us have feelings of discomfort. We are uncomfortable and troubled. We hear sermons, read Scripture and even pray but get no satisfaction or relief. We wonder what is going on.
Peter wrote that it is important for us to keep our “conscience clear.” Perhaps when we experience moments or days of “dis-ease” God’s spirit is reaching out to us. When we feel no relief or peace or quiet or joy or satisfaction, no doubt He is saying – “Take an x-ray you will discover the problem. Look carefully for the sin that is causing you this pain.” If we examine our lives carefully, God will help us find the cause of our problem.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for all the warning signs You give us to let us know when we need to repent. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: 1 Peter 3:16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.

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