Matthew 12:43-45 (NLT)
43“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. 44Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. 45Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before. That will be the experience of this evil generation.”
My dad is an alcoholic. I’m sure many of you can relate. We thought he was getting better when he went 100 days without drinking. But the other day I found lots of beer cans in the garage. I was devastated.
Why did God allow him to return to his old ways? I realized it was because he never trusted God in the first place. He tried to beat his addiction by himself and with drugs, and when things got tough, he went right back.
I guess this isn’t the most encouraging story, but I have faith that God will heal my dad when he trusts him and fills his life with God instead of leaving it empty and open for his demons to come back.
God forgives you for your sins, but once you’ve done something wrong you need to stop doing that thing and trust God to help you. You need to read your Bible and pray that God will show you what to do instead of trusting your own decisions and, therefore, leaving an empty space where God is supposed to be.
Are you trusting yourself or God? Don’t become complacent when things seem to be going well. Fill your life with God all the time or your problems will return to fill your emptiness. Ask God to show you his plan for your life.
The author is a high school student from Nebraska.
It was very brave for Maggie to share this with us. She’s right: problems will fill the empty space where God is supposed to be. God helps us to overcome the emptiness in many ways, including giving us one another to journey with. (We’ll talk more about this tomorrow.) Organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous and Alateen are available to help people who are on this difficult pathway. To find help in your area, you can call the national helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) anytime, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Would you include Maggie and her dad on your prayer list today?
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