1 John 4:4 – “Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world.”
Those of us who have struggled with substances all started with a purpose in mind. To gain relief from the emotional pain in our lives.
Into this source of pain come voices – speaking what they claim are truths over us. Some are true; many are not.
Often, the loudest and most persistent voices are those of our enemy. The accuser comes to us over and over and over to say that “escape from this pain is possible. I’ll help you. The solution is _____” (name your chosen substance – it doesn’t matter which one).
But as it is with everything the devil does – he’s lying to you. His solution is more bondage. More struggle. More pain. But it’s hidden behind the promise of an easy fix.
In 1 Kings, however, we find the story of Prophet Elijah who heard voices telling him that he was alone and no help was coming. He was told to believe that the end was upon him. At the same time, God was telling Eli to go the mountain.
It was very windy there – but the word of the Lord was not in the wind. An earthquake followed, but the Lord was not in the earthquake either. Next came fire, but the Lord was not to be found there.
Finally, comes a light breeze and in it comes a gentle whisper. The still small voice calls out to us to say that “I’ll help you,” and in his offer is truth. That truth is Jesus.
Maybe his truth leads us through the pain. I know I have had my share of it while recovering from one sort of substance abuse or another. But if you’re stuck in a burning building – the only way to safety is to go through the fire.
Just the process of being able to discern the different voices and the types of things we’re told makes a big difference. Ask God today to help you sort those out so you can focus on the truth. When you consider that the Lord, who really, truly, loves you is so much greater than the devil and his lies you’ll gain new found freedom. That’s my wish (and my prayer) for you today!