Let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God

Bible -Themed Addiction Recovery for the Week of April 10th
Exodus 10:7 – “And Pharaoh’s servants said unto him: ‘How long shall this man be a snare unto us? Let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God, knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?’”

The people surrounding Pharaoh grow weary of the incessant plagues and the inability of their leader to grasp what is really going on. “How long shall this man be a snare unto us?” they ask Pharaoh. The answer, evidently, was “forever.” If you have ever lived through a loved one’s addiction, this syndrome may be sadly familiar. The addict will continue to pursue his or her way of solving problems no matter how disastrous the results. We may plead with the addict, “How long can you go on like this?” and the answer always seems to be “forever.” There is no changing an addict’s mind, until some kind of bottom is reached. Often, that is too late, for bottoms may result in divorce, incarceration, or death. The correct answer to, “How long shall this man be a snare?” or “How long will you continue with your insanity?” should be, “Until I recognize that God has a plan for me and I am not following it.” It is only when we surrender, and accept that God has a plan for us, and that our plan is not the way to solve our problems, that we will begin to experience sobriety and serenity. And, for those loved ones close to us who pray for us to change, the surrender will be the only way to help them get the serenity that they want as well.

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