Living in this generation can be really hard. In a world where we all strive to strike a balance, things can really go downhill drastically. Many things have been glorified. We are made to fit in and fill certain shoes; big shoes, small shoes and most times fit in the wrong shoes. Most times we feel the weight of all these expectations and in as much as we try sometimes we lose ourselves and get drowned in oceans that we never intended to drown in. one of the places we find ourselves drowned in is in addiction. And speaking of addictions and lifestyle, you must be familiar with the phrase ‘kupiga sherehe’’.
This kind of culture has brought an addiction culture. Drug and substance abuse has been glorified and normalized. Some of the reasons why people turn to drugs is that they do it as a form of compensation of some pain in their lives or even just as a result of peer influence. Many people especially in our age group run towards this direction in a quest to seek some sort of identity. In this search many lose their way and as a result find themselves in this den called addiction.
In this den there is comfort, a high like no other and joy not yet experienced before. But is this really permanent? Is this even true? Is this joy really long lasting? Are all the troubles solved? What happens when you are not under the influence of the substance. Will things look better? The most probable answer will be no. Hence, many people resolve getting back to using the drug hence the addiction. Despite the negative consequences, you keep obsessively thinking and compulsively using drugs and taking alcohol. It goes without saying that, addiction is taking a toll on individuals, families, relationships and heaviest of all, it is taking a toll on our relationship with Christ.
The hardest thing for an addict to realize and to admit that they need help. That’s the first step. Just like all of us, prior our conversion. We were dead and in need of saving and the lord saved us.
He did this by opening the eyes of our hearts to see our true state and showed us his glory, love, mercy and grace through his son. As an addict, you need to see that God can and is willing to save them and can give them the power to overcome the addiction. 1 Corinthians 10:13 – no temptation he seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it.
As the saying goes, show me you friends and I’ll tell who you are, tells us the people who you keep closest to you can either be your greatest downfall or your greatest asset. 1 Corinthians 15:33, do not be deceived. Evil companionship corrupts good morals. The moment we find ourselves swayed by bad influence it is easier for us to be vulnerable to the fall to addiction and other sins addiction in this case, being most profound. We get so blinded in the pleasures of this world forgetting of God’s love for us. After this we might feel unclean or undeserving of God’s mercy and love. It is in this moment when we should remember that He calls us to himself, no sin he cannot forgive, he cleanses all filth.
He gives us eternity, great pleasure in him. Pleasure unfound in any other place. Peace, assurance, joy, comfort that lasts forever. When you get to know this, there Is something new formed in you which comes with the reassurance that you have a helper in this battle. A helper who is not only there for you but also is glad doing it for you – Jude1:24. And in this we start finding our new identity. An identity in Christ.
Sometimes we get so uncertain about our present and our future. We worry of what is going to happen next. Our hope is diminished, faith tested. We fear that things may not work out in the end. Most times we find it so hard to come to our lord thus seeking comfort from drugs and alcohol. We think that that sip, puff will bring us some relief. But does it? Let us purpose to seek first the kingdom.
Cast your burdens unto Him He who cares for you. Look only to God our savior. God hears our cries. Seek the glory of God, trust fully in Him for everything and anything. For one who is addicted it may take a while struggling but you know what? Leave behind that killer weight and keep running on towards that eternity. He says that he has started the good in you he will see it completion. In this then, we ought to rest upon and with all the strength and grace given to us through the Holy Spirit.
By doing this we will run away and avoid getting sucked back into addiction. And through our faith we are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:5 though you have not seen him, you love him; you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.
Isn’t it marvelous? This kind of love. Isn’t it just astonishing. With all His sovereignty, from eternity to eternity he chose us. With nothing to offer to Him he still chose us. Yes, he chose everyone including you and I in that den. That den of sin. You and I in that den of addiction. He chose us. To become his own. What a wonderful kind of love. Offering us such great joy and peace. It is not by accident that you landed to read this. Know that from eternity to eternity He chose you. Christ has made you his own and that’s how you run your race. Shalom!