I was reminded recently of a word that I myself used many times in my younger years. I cannot count the numerous times that I used the word, "wasted". There were many weekends that defined this one word, "wasted"! I would often say, "I got so wasted last night" or "let's just get wasted". Looking back, I now see that wasting my life is exactly what I was doing. How loosely and lightly I used that word.
I looked up the meaning as I always do when God puts a word in my mind, and I got a very clear perspective. The word wasted has four meanings. The first is useless. Useless, because it achieves nothing! Wow, how true that is. Drugs, drinking, and all the partying I did was useless. It gave no real satisfaction to my life. I was left exactly as the next definition states, "withered"! I was ravaged and shrunken through this sin filled life that I led.
The next definition is "not used" or "exploited". Exploited I was, as I let man after man take advantage of me; thinking I was getting my worth through their attention. I exploited myself in so many ways, because my rational thinking went out the door when I was "wasted".
At the end of it all, the last definition is where I would be, and that was "exhausted". Living a wasted lifestyle left me exhausted from all the exertion I was putting out pursuing sin. You see, sin always takes your life in some way. It never gives life. It kills and most often it is a slow death. When you are dying slowly you are withered, exhausted and useless. You are living a wasted life.
I thank God for reminding me of how far He has broughy me; and, that He has now given me a life that is no longer "wasted", but full of purpose and beauty.
I pray for all those who are still in the wasteland. May God's great love open their eyes and give them hope.
Why do you spend money on what cannot nourish you and your wages on what does not satisfy you? Listen carefully to me; Eat what is good, and enjoy the best foods.