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Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law.
Psalm 119:29

As my wife and I were driving to the office this morning, we could hardly believe what we heard on the radio. Because of the increased beaver population in the waters of an Arkansas county, officials are planning to introduce alligators into the area. Their plan is to reduce the beaver population by using the predator nature of the alligator to eat them. Upon hearing that, we waited to hear how they planned to deal with the alligator problem after the beaver problem. Will they search for a more ferocious predator to deal with the gator problem?

But now that I think about it, isn't this plan similar to the way men have always dealt with the problem of sin. Even though we've introduced the problem that plagues us, don't we usually overcompensate and look for a worse problem that will mask the other? Forest Gump was right, "stupid is as stupid does!"

We don't know what happened to Barabbas after the angry rob demanded his release from prison? The people could've agreed with the authorities who judged Jesus as innocent and ask for his release and put Barabbas back in jail where he belonged. But it seemed they'd rather give a terrorist immunity from the law then recognize Jesus as the Messiah sent to deal with their sin.

David found his answers in the word of God. The longer he lived, the more he learned that any plan of his was doomed to failure unless the word of God was the foundation upon which his plan was based. He said in Psalms that he chose the way of truth and set his heart on God's word. (119:30)

Have you learned the truth of which David spoke or are you still looking for a suitable answer to your dilemma based on your experience and emotion? I challenge you today to not look at the size of your problem, but the power of God's word and His promise to never leave you or forsake you. Doesn't it seem right for us as children of God to ask and then trust our Heavenly Father to deal with your problems? If not, I'm afraid we'll learn the hard way that our solutions can be and are often worse than our problems.

1. Pray Through the Word - 365 devotionals on the subject of prayer by James R. Green (Ps 119:25-32; Prov 29; Mt 27)
2. Scripture comes from the Holy Bible, New International Version; (c)1978 by New York International Bible Society

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