Addiction & The Gospel

“. . . You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good . . .”

Does God use things that are evil to accomplish His eternal purposes? Consider the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis. God used Joseph’s own selfish pride and arrogance, the sinful favoritism of his father, the jealous and murderous hearts of his brothers, the lustful treachery of a wickedly adulterous woman, and the self-centered spirit of an imprisoned butler to accomplish His will in the life of Joseph. After he had risen to power in Egypt, Joseph made one of the most remarkable statements in all of Scripture when he said to his brothers, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” (Genesis 50:20 ESV)

So it is with an addiction. The drug manufacturers and dealers, the alcohol distributors and bar owners, the pornographers and the pimps, and the bookies and casino owners only have their own greedy gain in mind. Their love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Those who are addicted have their own guilt in the matter. They have chosen a sinful, self-centered, self-indulgent life-style, seeking their own pleasure above everything else. And oh the hurt and pain and the misery and suffering that results! This is true not only in the lives of the addicted, but in the lives of those who care about them as well.

But that’s where the Gospel enters the picture. God often takes all of that evil and turns it into something gloriously and eternally good! How does He do that? He uses the pain and suffering and the helpless entanglement of an addiction to bring men and women and young people to the end of themselves. In their desperation, like the prodigal in the pig pen, they come to themselves and realize their true condition. God uses their addiction to open their eyes and move them to seek help in their time of need.

The book of Acts summarizes the life of Joseph in a single sentence, “The patriarchs (his brothers) moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him!” (Acts 7:9) Many a converted addict has this testimony: “Thank God for my addiction, because through it all God was with me and used it to lead me to the place in my life where I realized my need for the Savior.”

Jesus said, “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” (Matthew 9:12) Grace Ministries exists for those who have come to see that they are not whole. Our aim is to point them to The Physician, because He alone can give them help in their time of need.

If you need help with an addiction, or if you know someone who does, don’t hesitate. Call today.

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