Proverbs 5:21-23, “For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes. An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him. He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his great foolishness.” (NLT)
I can certainly relate to this as my foolishness and lack of self-control cost me dearly many years ago. What is so crazy is when I look back on that time in my life I honestly didn’t think about or care what God thought about it. When you are “held captive by your sin” you develop an attitude of “I’m going to hell anyway so who cares?”
In spite of my crazy thinking and behavior, God always cared but could not do anything for me until I turned away from the ropes of my sin and back to Him. In an utter state of despair almost 24 years ago I cried out to Him, “God help me” and nothing has been the same since.
This simple prayer is the most powerful prayer known to man (my opinion). In the “God help me prayer,” we are obviously seeking God which is proof to God that we think there is a God and/or we want to quit playing God, we are admitting we are powerless over whatever we are dealing with, and at least for that moment in time we’ve surrendered to our sin.
Bottom line, God is always watching the path we are taking and will help us if we want help. He never turns his back on us, but we are the ones who turn our backs on Him…thus the reason I’ve been praying “God help me” on a daily basis since August 8, 1987.
(Several years ago I was encouraged by a friend to make the Proverb that corresponds with the day of the month, a part of my morning devotion. There are 31 Proverbs and although I’ve been reading them consistently for a number of years, each time I read them I seem to draw another “life nugget” that helps me better deal with life and live the way God wants me to live. My morning Proverb time is simply a part of my personal improvement plan. I know I am less than 24 hours away from messing things up if I don’t ask God to be the director of my day, first thing, each and every day.)