Blessing comes with a great price. Addicts need to lose everything to come out clean.
v20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. v21 And he said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
v22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. [Job 1:20-22]
I have seen addiction up close and personal; family, children, ex-husband, etc. I’ve been to meetings that do nothing more than point fingers or manufactures excuses. I believe I’ve only seen one or two cases where a 12 step program actually worked on the long term, and PRAISE GOD for that. The Bible says, “As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly“, [Proverbs 26:11]. Without Jesus, we are doomed to repeat what has beset us. I call this SIN, not addiction. Actually, I don’t believe in ‘addiction’ the way most people do; I think it’s more ‘habitual sin’. More on that later.
When addicts come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, it all becomes clear. We have nothing when we are born, we have nothing when we die. The unsaved see that as a lamentation where followers of Christ see that as comfort. People put themselves through hell to NO avail. There is nothing we can take with us when we die but the knowledge that we will be in the arms of Jesus when we pass.
We are in need of nothing except Jesus.
Job was a wealthy, Godly man; a man looked up to in the community of the day. And that community watched as he was stricken. God used this to teach the community of that day who God is and what truly is valuable. Every possession Job had was taken – but Job knew that everything in the present world is temporary and eternity is forever. Job chose to thank God for an eternity in the presence of God forever. There is no better possession or hope.
I pray today for one of our sons, one that has battled a war. He’s been clean for months and I pray that he will seek just the Lord rather than a ‘fix’. My spiritual eyes tell me that his battle is over but I never go without a quiver full of prayer for him.
v8 For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
v9 I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living. [Psalm 116:8-9]