“Honey I’m home and I had a hard day. Pour me a cold one and oh by the way.” I believe Shania Twain might have been on to something in her hit song. For certain, I believe most of the world can relate. Life is hard, some days are longer than others, and we’re all just looking for an escape from reality.
I’m about to address a topic that is far overdue. You will be hard pressed to find one person that has not been touched by someone’s out of hand drinking. You know, someone who said I’ll just have a few drinks and next thing you know they are intoxicated. While drunk who knows what one might say or do to harm themselves or those they love. I’ve seen firsthand that anything is possible. I guess that’s why they call it under the influence. Because at that point you aren’t you, but you are a million miles from reality.
Now, I understand there are many issues that could be addressed, but I feel led to touch on this one. One, because I know this issue affects the majority of the population. I bet you or someone you know is struggling with a drinking problem right now. Two, I actually understand why so many have turned to the bottle. So, please allow me to share what I’ve discovered.
First of all, I don’t think less of anyone who likes to have a drink. I do have a healthy fear of what alcohol can become in a person’s life and the havoc it can create in many lives. But, I have this same healthy fear about many other things such as the misuse of prescription drugs or the internet. Satan will use anything he can to ruin lives. So, this article has no intentions of bashing those who drink casually or consistently.
What I would like to point out is why so many just can’t drink enough. Outside of socially wanting to be with their friends or drink a cold one, I believe that anyone practically drinking themselves to death is crying out for help. They are doing all they can to drown out what they’ve done, where they’ve been and what they’ve been through. Internally their hearts are bleeding and for whatever reason they have not discovered how to stop it. Most of them would give anything to turn things around and get a handle on life. Yet, within they honestly feel hopeless and powerless concerning their life situations.
Honestly, I believe far too many professing Christians are more concerned about the bottle than the person. When God sees these people he doesn’t see what they are drinking, he sees straight to their heart. He sees their longing for peace, forgiveness, and a second chance in this life. God understands that their deepest thirst is not for some man-made drink. But, their deepest thirst and longing is for a right relationship with God through His son, Jesus Christ.
You see, we’re all looking for relief. Until we invite Jesus Christ in our life our heart will remain unsettled. This unsettledness leads us down a lot of dead end paths. Those paths often disappoint and devastate those we love. I can promise you this: There is not a rehab facility on the planet that can take credit for delivering you from alcohol or any drug. God may have used those people and process, but only Jesus can stop internal chaos and bring lasting healing.
God has really put a huge burden on my heart for those struggling in this area. And, if you’re one of those people I want you to know I’m praying earnestly for you. I pray that you will discover that it’s impossible to drown your hurt and heartache and I hope you discover that God cares even more. He loves you unconditionally, offers full forgiveness and knows how to put a heart back together. Just run into His arms!
(John 4:13-14)(NIV) Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”…
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