1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV): No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Addiction…the sound of it makes you conjure up images, people, things you have seen, believed. When you think of addiction what is the first thing you think of? Do you have an image of another person, yourself… Most people may have thoughts of drugs or alcohol. But there are so many other types of addictions.
It’s easy to think of what seems to be most prevalent or should I say most talked about. How about sex, shopping, food, smoking, TV, cars, sports, gaming, video/electronics and lately even an addiction to Facebook. One of the things I and others do is pass judgement or point the finger. I know you don’t do that, but every now and then I run into folks who harshly judge those who suffer from addiction.
We tend to look at them and with a less than compassionate tone think or say “what’s wrong with him or her.” Instead we should be asking the question “what happened to him or her to get them to that point?” We all have things that might haunt us and show up in our lives. Sometimes it is those “things” that make us look for solace, peace or satisfaction. You might think how do I know about any of this. Well, I used to be one of the people who had an addiction to shopping.
Yes, I would shop with money and sometimes without a dime. I had a card. I had a problem is what I had. I dealt with life challenges by spending money. I shopped in and out of season. I shopped until I got tired or until the stores closed. I would buy things for myself. It was always the sale that would put me in a position to not have to spend full price later. It was always the thing that didn’t cost so much for one of my children, a family member or a friend. It was a beautiful thing as long as I was out and about shopping.
When I got home and sat still long enough to think the day over. I realized I walked into my house and the same issue that hung over me when I left was still there. Unfortunately it was not by itself, I had spent so much money that I got double for my troubles. I would ask myself, “why did you spend all of that money?”
I found that no item of clothing was going to take away the issue. I might look good in the outfit, but I was hurting on the inside. It took a while but I began to pray. I needed something inside to be healed. I needed an answer. When I began to walk and talk with God my burdens my addiction began to be broken. It seemed that one day I was in the valley and before long I got off my knees from praying and I truly was set free. I felt free from worrying about the issues of my life. I knew that everything would be alright in God’s time not mine. I knew that I was wonderfully made for something greater than what I had become. I wanted to live, walk and talk in the purpose that God had for me.
I know that other people might struggle with other addictions and it is easier said than done. But this one thing I know for sure – if God be for you who can be against you?
I just want to say thank You for saving me. I just want to pray for those who might be struggling with breaking an addiction. That You will wrap Your loving arms around them and lead them to support and resources to help break their addiction.