I have not spent time with God much since we moved here and
now I am reaping its fruits. I have focused on the work that needs to be done,
the people I need to relate with every day, the nitty-gritty details of life. I
have fallen into the third pitfall that ravages the Christian life and devours
it to death.
14The seed that fell among thorns stands for
those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries,
riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.
I have heard the Word of God, had put it to practice for years, and just a lapse of months in faithfully feeding on the Word has brought illness upon me – physically and psychologically. I have not practiced what I preached.
Today, I say the prayer of repentance:
Psalm 41: 4
4 I said, "O LORD, have mercy on me;
heal me, for I have sinned against you."
30 I went past the field of the sluggard,
past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
a little folding of the hands to rest-
and scarcity like an armed man.