Stupid Button

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (NIV)

I wasn't a very nice person when I was a drunk. In fact, I was more likely to get me and my friends in trouble through the stupid things that I would say or do. One minute, everything in the pub could be fine and dandy; the very next minute, I would cause a disagreement with someone at the bar, or a waitress, and we'd end up getting thrown out.

I also got myself into some hair-raising moments and difficult situations that I would have avoided like the plague had I been sober. It was as if the alcohol within me reached a level that automatically pushed my stupid button, and I would end up in the wrong company, at the wrong time. I can remember being holed up with a notorious Glasgow street gang for three days and nights. Most of them wasted their own lives and have spent years in jail for burglary, armed robbery, and even murder.

I shudder when I look back and think about those foolish times. Then, I remember God's grace and how He helped me through those events. Without His mercy, I would be either in prison or possibly dead. With Christ's love, I am now free and abundantly alive.

Perhaps some of us are struggling right now with our own foolishness or mistakes. Maybe we've found ourselves in a regrettable situation that is now beyond our control. Regardless of what has brought us into such a predicament, I do know Who has sufficient grace, mercy, and love to rescue and redeem us. All we have to do is approach God's throne with confidence, and we will receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You seek to help us even when we don't deserve Your mercy or grace. You know the foolish things that we say or do, the miserable mistakes that we make, and the upsets and issues that we create. Forgive our stupidity and replace it with spirituality. Have mercy upon us, and grant us the gracious help that we need. In Your holy name, we humbly pray. Amen.

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