October 26, 2014 by Beth Hess
(…continued from Day 25. If you haven’t read it yet, please start there.)
Fighting lions is serious business.
They stalk. They are stealthy. They are patient, watching for a moment of weakness in their prey. Once you actually spot them, it’s already too late.
The apostle Peter reminds us the only way to be on appropriate alert is to BE SOBER.
“Be well-balanced (temperate, sober of mind, be vigilant and cautious at all times, for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring (in fierce hunger) seeking someone to seize upon and devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 – Amplified)
Fortunately, the sheep are never asked to fight the lions alone.
That is Shepherd work.
And I am a sheep of The Good Shepherd.
The Shepherd who prepares a table for me in the midst of my enemies. Even as the lions circle on the high places, He makes a safe, soft, lush place for me to live and sleep and eat. (Surely it’s no mistake God keeps speaking to me in the language of food!)
Alertness to addiction will be my challenge always. The lions will never stop. It’s their job to prowl. And they are so, so good at it!
Even so, I can ENJOY food. I can CELEBRATE its tastiness. I can approach the table UNAFRAID. Because my Jesus will keep the lions of addiction at bay.
The first 3 Steps of Overeaters Anonymous (and other 12-Step groups) only make sense to me as a package deal.
I Can’t. God Can. I will let Him.
Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way. You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies. You have welcomed me as your guest; blessings overflow!
Again, I proclaim — I cannot save myself. Praise Jesus, I have a Savior.
I Can’t. He Can.
(Join me on Day 27 for more on “I will let Him”)
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