Recovery: It's a God Thing
Monday October 05, 2015
by Teresa McBean
Scripture Reading for today: Ezekiel 31 and 32; Matthew 13
There’s a progression in Psalm 23 that’s important to notice: choose to accept the shepherding of the Lord, allow spiritual nourishment to happen, and expect a fertile environment for soul restoration. Next, be guided in the right direction.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way. Isaiah 53:6
What is the natural way of sheep? They can’t survive without a shepherd; as extroverts, they need community. On their own, they get too complacent and put themselves in harm’s way. Without a good leader, they are defenseless against their enemies. They need a shepherd to find nourishment for them. Finally, the thing about sheep that I just love: they joyfully and passionately approach new green pastures, but someone must lead them.
Is there any question that we have a few characteristics in common with sheep? In the recovery community we have a word to describe shepherd-less living: insanity. Those familiar with recovery lingo will also recognize the commonly held definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Doesn’t that sound familiar?
True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Psalm 23:3 The Message
As you pray today, ask God to reveal to you one area of personal insanity. Then, prayerfully commit it to the leading of the Lord. If you find wrongdoing, certainly by now you know what to do next. If not, go to www.northstarcommunity.com and find some aids to help you in this awesome refining process.