for our emotional handicaps?
Are we emotionally handicapped at times? Do we use walking canes made of ‘poor me’ wood? Do we wear cheap walking shoes that fit like “I’m going to walk all over you?” Do we hobble around on crutches made from ‘Popular Pride’ that surely will cause us to fall?
What Doctor do we visit for our healing? A friend that agrees with us so we can keep riding our emotional roller coaster for free, or so we think? Does a new car or house make us what we ought to be?
We at times read every magazine and study every ad so we can shine like the Bright Morning Star, or so we believe?
Look at the two contrasting pictures, and see which one, if I should buy one or the other, would help make me a better person? Or, help to develop my character? Draw me closer to Jesus? Give me a better family relationship?
Are we getting it? It seems that Emotional Handicaps are all about ME!
Proverbs 20:5,6 “Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding will draw it out. Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man?” And, I cannot forget verse 7 “The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.”
Let’s read these verses together from The Message: “Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart; a wise person draws from the well within. Lots of people claim to be loyal and loving, but where on earth can you find one? God-loyal people, living honest lives, make it much easier for their children.”
Now let’s read 19:26 “Kids who lash out against their parents are an embarrassment and disgrace.” Let’s don’t stop short of Victory, read 19:27 “If you quit listening, dear child, and strike off on your own, you’ll soon be out of your depth.”
WOW, look at more of what the Wise man says….
Proverbs 20:14, The shopper says, “That’s junk—I’ll take it off your hands,” then goes off boasting of the bargain.”
Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Proverbs 24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
I like both the John Deere and the Porsche and even Rena’s new pug. But either or all without God’s Wisdom will leave us hurting and wounded and broken relationships with our family and friends. Newness of things when used for emotional crutches will wear out and we may lose our hope, health and joy.
Let’s get together in God’s Word and help to bring healing to one another and others and rid ourselves of these old ’emotional handicaps’ that keeps coming again and again.