“But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. 27 Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.] John 16:26-27 AMP
I remember reading a story in one of Morgan’s devotionals about a little boy who was afraid of the dark. As his dad turned out the light, he said “Don’t worry. God is with you.” The child replied “But I need something with skin on it!” 😉 When we are seeking comfort, we are tempted to look for “something with skin on it”. And that’s how addiction can happen. Whether it is alcohol, opioids, shopping, overeating,… You name the skin. It’s a temporary comforter that will never offer the peace we are seeking.
The thing about addiction, is it takes away your choice. There’s an old Japanese proverb, “First the man takes a drink. Then the drink takes a drink. Then the drink takes the man.” Our family, like countless others, has a history of alcohol addiction. I’ve seen it destroy the lives of family members and friends, first hand.
Some say it’s not the gun that kills, but the one who holds it. NOT my argument. But if that’s the case, it’s not the alcohol that destroys, but the one who drinks it. Once we make the choice to pick it up, naturally, consequences follow. Knowing my family’s history, I have to choose my weapons WISELY. The people I love are counting on it, counting on me. When seeking peace and comfort, I have to choose my weapon DAILY. “…the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God”. Ephesians 6:17
This Truth is the only thing I’ve found that covers my every need. That’s why I know I’m obligated to share MY truth with you. If you’ve tried almost everything “with skin on it”, like I have, why not try God.
“God does not comfort us that we may be comforted, but that we may be comforters.” – Alexander Nowell
P.S. Finding our passion, and pursuing it, is a good tool to keep us motivated, and on the right track. I’ve always had a love for songwriting. You might say it’s my therapy. ;-)Here’s one I wrote a while back. Hope you enjoy Sound of Sanity.
Until Next Time,
Know The Hope!