DAY 29 - GET RID OF THE RATS - Bob Stiles

Bob Stiles

According to an AP news story in early 2006, about 9,500 Riverside CA, residents found themselves in the dark after a rat chewed through power equipment at a substation. The rodent had to gnaw through two barriers before it reached the 12,000-volt equipment that it shorted out on Tuesday night, Public Utilities deputy director Steve Badgett said. "We found him. What was left of him," Badgett said. The rat made it to the live wires despite traps and rat poison placed in the substation, he said. Some 1,100 customers went without power until early Wednesday morning. Badgett said he braced for the worst when he realized that residents lost their power just as the semifinalists of "American Idol" were to perform on television.

Isaiah 59:1-2 “Listen! The LORD is not too weak to save you, and he is not becoming deaf. He can hear you when you call. But there is a problem--your sins have cut you off from God. Because of your sin, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.”

When a rat chewed through a wire in Riverside, people were without power. They were in the dark and couldn't see 'Idol'. When you and I idolize the things of this world rather than giving ourselves to God in complete worship, we will find ourselves cut off from His power and light in our lives.

Get rid of the 'rats'!

Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to help you identify any “rats” in your life that cut you off from God’s power. Confess them and receive Christ's forgiveness. Thank God that He will restore you to a right relationship with Him. Thank Jesus for His love, His guiding light and power to live in obedience to Him. Thank Him that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is available to you through the Holy Spirit to live every day. Praise God for His ultimate power!

Bob Stiles is the Worship Pastor at Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Grove City