the se­cret

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De­ci­sions come in all shapes and sizes. Every day we face de­ci­sions about what to eat, whether to ex­er­cise, how to use our time, etc. Over the years, these de­ci­sions be­come habits, and we don’t think much about them. If we’ve made good de­ci­sions from the start, we don’t usu­ally have to worry about them. When we haven’t made good choices, how­ever, these small de­ci­sions can blos­som into bad habits that take a long-term toll on our lives and re­la­tion­ship with God and oth­ers.

Con­sis­tently mak­ing good de­ci­sions is a daunt­ing task. Thank­fully, we’re able to look to God and His Word for help. God is our Heav­enly Fa­ther, and His com­pas­sion and de­sire to help is just as great as when our own chil­dren ask for help. We of­ten face lim­i­ta­tions in our abil­ity to help our chil­dren, though, whereas He can turn even the most hope­less sit­u­a­tions around.

When Jerusalem was be­sieged by a huge army, King Hezekiah of Ju­dah re­ceived a threat­en­ing let­ter from its pa­gan king. Hezekiah went into God’s tem­ple, spread it out on the al­tar, and be­seeched God for su­per­nat­u­ral as­sis­tance, which He pro­vided.

1 Why not try it? Next time you feel be­sieged by set­backs, de­lays, per­sonal or re­la­tion­ship is­sues, write down the on­slaughts threat­en­ing you, point to the pa­per, and say: “Dear God, here are the prob­lems I’m hav­ing. Please help me.”

Through­out the Bi­ble and his­tory, the great men and women of God de­pended on Him, and as a re­sult, they left a legacy of faith­ful­ness. By fol­low­ing their for­mula, we can do the same!

Sa­muel Keat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Edi­tor

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