by Eric Dunbar
The only way to know that there is hope in God is by reading God’s word—the Bible. It is highly unlikely that you will see television commercials advocating drug treatment according to God. That’s why you should read the Bible for yourself. Reading the Bible does several things, most of which, people take for granted. Reading the Bible can build your faith, it can deliver, and most of all, it can encourage you, and everybody needs encouragement sometime.
Encourage Yourself with the Word of God
On my darkest days during my addiction to crack cocaine, I found encouragement in a Biblical story. You can read it in the third chapter of the Old Testament Book of Daniel. Most Christians know the story about the three Hebrews and the fiery furnace. In the story, King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon built a gigantic golden statue of himself. He erected it in the province of Babylon. Then the king wrote into law, “Anyone who does not bow down and worship the statue should be thrown immediately into a burning furnace of fire.”
Everybody bowed to the statue, with the exception of the three Hebrews—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. These young men took a bold stand, telling the king that they would discuss the matter no further. They told the king, “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand. But let it be known to you, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” The king became enraged and commanded that the furnace be heated seven times hotter than it was usually heated, and that the three Hebrews be thrown into the furnace.
Have Confidence that God
I was encouraged by the boldness and the confidence with which these young men spoke of their God to the king. (1) They had faith that God could deliver them; (2) they believed He would deliver them, and (3) they committed to do what God said, rather than do what the king said, even if it meant that they could die in the process.
In the end Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego did not die. Instead, they were promoted. After reading this, I was emboldened. Like the three Hebrews, I believed God could deliver me from my crack addiction. I held to my confidence that God would deliver me. But even if He didn’t, I determined that I would believe God. It is written, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19).
What do you have your faith in? Is your faith in God, or, is your faith in the system of Babylon? Do you believe God’s report, or do you believe the report of unbelievers? Don’t let your faith work you by always working to please God. Work your faith.Believe God is already pleased with you, all because of what His Son did at the Cross. Expect God to promote you from drug addict to drug free. I know He will do it for you, because He did it for me.