There are periods in life which seem innocent at first. Initial symptoms are brushed aside as merely a byproduct of age. Yet, if you continue to ignore the obvious, sooner or later conditions will become far worse than you ever imagined.
If my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands have been defiled, Job 31:7.
Fifteen years ago my eyes began to hurt trying to work full time while attempting to complete my masters. The amount of reading was too much strain on my eyes resulting in arthritis of the eye. In the years that have followed, some of my goals were never fulfilled due to this condition. Now I am just thankful for the ability to see.
“If I have denied the desires of the poor or let the eyes of the widow grow weary,” Job 31:16.
What is most troubling to me is my current spiritual condition. Due to a lack of accountability and a consistent church home, may faith has decayed. The other night a wave of conviction revealed to me how far I have wandered off course. The passages above serve as a standard to see if your faith is in action or dead. Sometimes the truth hurts, far worse than I first thought. When days of conviction come, may the Lord’s grace and mercy fall on those confess their sins.
by Jay Mankus