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A lot of people these days try to escape their lives. They believe that their life is too much for them, or they don’t like where they are at. They feel that they can’t face their lives, so they try to escape from them. They drink, do drugs, smoke, play video games, listen to music, or anything else that they can lose themselves in. While most of those things aren’t evil or bad in moderation, in excess like that they are not only harmful for the person, they’re also wrong in God’s eyes.

When we try to escape our lives, we miss so much. Yes, we get away from a lot of the bad, but we miss out on so much good as well. The time we waste trying to escape something we can’t ever get back. Yes, there are things in everyone’s lives we’d rather not have to face, but if we look, we’ll find that the good things outweigh the bad things.

Not only do we miss out on the important things, most of the escapes people use are very harmful. The damage that drugs and smoking do is almost always irreversible. Too much alcohol can cause us to do things that will haunt us forever. The consequences for those escapes tend to follow one for the rest of their lives, sometimes even cutting their lives short. Is escaping really worth that cost?

Looking at the Bible, one can see that escaping is wrong as well. God tells us that He should be the God of our lives. People make their escape their god, rather than letting God be God. God tells us to trust Him, and that we are here for a reason. If we try to escape our lives, we’re not trusting that God has a plan, and we don’t believe that we’re here for a reason. God says that our lives have a purpose, but by escaping, we’re saying that our lives don’t have a purpose, and that they are worthless. Why would we do something that directly contradicts what God tells us? Why do we get so caught up thinking that we know more about our lives than the God who created the universe?

Rather than trying to escape our lives when we don’t like them, why don’t we trust God and pray that things work out. Seek wise counsel and get good advice on how to get through the rough parts of your life. Find a friend who we can talk to, but don’t try to escape from everything. While escaping may make things easier in the short run, in the long run, it’s not worth it.

on Thursday, October 4th, 2007 at 7:55 pm and is filed under Devotionals.
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