AH-CHOO! Pardon me, please. Many people are sick this time of year due to the weather. The University of Michigan conducted a study on the economic impact the common cold has on America. Americans spend $2.9 billion on over-the-counter drugs. Another $400 million is spent on prescription medicines. $1.1 billion is spent on 41 million antibiotic prescriptions. The virus costs Americans an estimated $40 billion annually, yet no cure has been found.

Many people spend years trying to resolve the “illness” of sin. They try to treat the symptoms—depression, bitterness, and disappointment—without attacking the root of the problem. Like the common cold, sin will return until its victims find a cure. Neither personal reformation, therapy, a twelve-step recovery program, nor indulgence solves the problem. Some people watch TV or indulge in food as an outlet for their disappointment at work. Others justify smoking, drinking, or pornography because of frustration from relationships. These vices serve only as an anesthetic to briefly numb the pain. Unless we acknowledge our sin, we will never have victory over it.

Christ offers sweet relief from the guilt of sin to all believers who confess. Maybe you’ve tried everything else, only to find other remedies can’t erase your guilty conscience. I challenge you to build up your relationship with Jesus Christ. Give Him your problems, and He’ll give you His peace.

If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.   — Abraham Lincoln

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.