2016-08-15 - High Society
God says: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV)
I’ve always enjoyed watching celebrity news shows or reading magazine interviews about famous people. I never thought it was hurting me; it was something mindless and relaxing.
Out of the blue, I began feeling convicted to not watch those type of programs, and to stop reading celebrity interviews. I was getting absorbed with entertainment news, not that I was envious of those that lived that way, but it was intriguing. But it was also gossip about a group of people who didn’t glorify God (for the most part). My focus on it was keeping me from fully connecting with God. What will it hurt, if I tune in to hear what a star named her newborn, I'd rationalize. Who was I, to think I knew better than God?
Even though I clearly felt God was telling me to give that stuff up, I didn’t immediately. It filled my curiosity factor, but didn’t give me peace. So I finally obeyed God, and stopped wondering how the other half lived. When I gave up reading and listening to entertainment news, I believed I was missing out on something. Now I feel I have gained the knowledge that I can tell my flesh "no," and can still survive. The act of obedience has also renewed my commitment and reverence to God.
God, Please bring peace quickly to the tough situations. You are the creator of peace. It is a wonderful day, knowing we are at peace with You. Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.