Some years ago I was drawn into the electronic version of Solitaire with one of my first computers. The game quickly became addictive but, somehow I was able to pull myself from its clutches. After that I would smugly grin whenever I caught someone playing the game at their desk thinking I had been set free for life. Well, somehow I found myself playing the game again over the last month. How did I fall to such depths?
Here’s what I’m learning from Solitaire. The 16% of the time that I “win” (the game actually tells me my batting average) has some kind of influence over how many times I’ll start a new hand after “losing”. And then when I “win” I’m not satisfied. What’s up with that?
There are many analogies I can make from this but, I’m thinking you’ve already drawn up a few of your own. What vice keeps you coming back for more only to disappoint you?
And then there are those things in life that bring satisfaction that our “flesh” resists. Things like rest and exercise. Prayer and meditation. Praise and thanksgiving.
Give to the LORD the glory due His name. Bring Him an offering.
Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 96:8 8 Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!
Bring your offering and come into his courts.