Today:

I am abstinent by the grace of God, one more day at a time.  For details, check out my food journal.

 

 

From today’s entry in Voices of Recovery:

“Honesty is a key factor in our recovery from compulsive eating, and so we will want to develop this trait.” — The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, p. 51

 

The contributor added, “Today, people can look at me and know that I am a person of my word. My integrity is important, and it comes from my truthfulness, harmlessness, and honesty.

Recovery is a light dawning into areas we had previously reserved in the shade of our shame.  To receive the full benefit of its healing rays in all our life and all our affairs, we have to throw open the blinds and tear open the shutters.  To hold anything back is to intentionally host a cancer that will inevitably spread and reclaim us.  Dishonesty is the drawing of a curtain, the making of provision for our own destruction, and it serves nothing else.

Lord, keep falsehood and lies far from me.

 

 

From Proverbs Chapter 29:

25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

Fear again?  Why not?  It is what motivates and activates most of our character defects.  The reason it stood out today was because of the commitment to honesty I just made.  Why would one be dishonest when it can only bring harm?  The answer is fear of man.  Christ spoke of this fear in mortal terms, with the emphasis of His authority in Matthew 10:28, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”  Trusting in God comes with an automatic reverence, a fearful understanding that He will bring about His purposes, and He will do what He has said.  He cannot be the Faithful One and fail to carry out His promises, whether we find their outcomes savory or not.  So the trusting and the fearing are the same, and they come nestled together in the respect of a loving, holy Father.

Almighty God, keep me in line with Your will, so I may be spared Your correction, and never have to stand against Your wrath.

 

 

From my reading through the Bible, currently in Job Chapters 37 – 41:

Elihu continues his discourse of reason in Chapter 37, “5 God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.”  Most of us spend our lives eliminating the God who would thunder at our behavior, rather than eliminating the attitudes that would incur God’s thunder.  “23 The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress. 24 Therefore, men revere him…”  What a great reason!  …And He does not disappoint.

Elihu’s argument on God’s behalf serves as an introduction, because in Chapters 38 through 41, God speaks for Himself, and He does it in the roaring thunder at which Elihu hinted which seems to say, “Who do you think you are?”  In Chapter 38, He draws a picture of creation as His resume and uses it to put Job back in his place.  “12 Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, 13 that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?”    In Chapter 39, He describes His omniscient husbandry of His creation from even the dumbest of creatures in the remotest parts of the world, “1 Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?”  In Chapter 40, God dares Job to answer His majesty and righteousness, “8 Would you discredit my justice?  Would you condemn me to justify yourself?”  He again references the great majesty of even His titanic creation the “behemoth,” which some scholars believe might be a term for the hippo or elephant, but which I think just as likely refers to the mammoth or one of the dinosaurs.  Similarly, in Chapter 41, the reference is to the “leviathan” a great sea dragon that seems too grand to fit scholars’ suggestion of a crocodile, especially since verses 19 and 20 clearly articulate a fire-breathing ability.

This portion of Scripture represents one of the most majestic presentations of the personality and reality of the Creator that I have found.  It serves to build my trust in and fear of God at the same time, just as the previous Scriptures indicated was appropriate.  Just like it did for Job, it humbles me with the sentiment, “Who do you think you are?”

Master of the Universe and Creator of all things, thank You for caring for me and mine, though You are infinite and have brought every majestic thing into being and continue to count the hairs on every head.  I am humbled at Your majesty and honored to be counted among Yours and to be used to implement Your purposes.

 

 

From the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous, page 46:

Then, like a thunderbolt, a great thought came. It crowded out all else: ‘Who are you to say there is no God?’”

 

 

OD@aT:

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”  3 John 2

May the breath of the Almighty give you life, and understanding to enjoy it!  *

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