The Daily Post asks us today: “If you could create a painless, and inexpensive cure for a single ailment, what would you cure and why?”
I would cure addiction.
My first thought was of alcoholism. It destroys people’s lives. Mistakes are made that a person just wouldn’t make if they were sober – saying things they shouldn’t have said, doing things they shouldn’t have done … As with any addiction, the lengths people will go to to get their fix. If they’re a patient in hospital, they’ll abscond in a taxi to the nearest supermarket if they have to. “Do not get drunk on wine … Instead, be filled with the Spirit” – Ephesians 5:18.
Then I thought of smoking and the damage it can do to your body. It probably wouldn’t be allowed nowadays, but when I was at school, we did a science experiment where we each had a machine that effectively smoked a cigarette. The smell was awful, and we were shown afterwards how much ash had collected in the bottom of our machines. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit …? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
Lastly I thought of social media. If I let social media take over my life, to the exclusion of my time with God and face-to-face contact with others, that wouldn’t be healthy. “God sets the lonely in families” – Psalm 68:6, and He’s given us our families and church-families so we can love them and learn from each other.
Have you noticed there is a cure? The cure is the Word of God – not just words on a page, but the living and active Word of God, working in our lives and transforming us. “They love the LORD’s teachings, and they think about those teachings day and night” – Psalm 1:2. We heard in church this morning about cows and their stomachs – how they put something into one stomach, then back into their mouth again so they can chew it over and get all the goodness out.
If I could cure addiction, I would tell everyone to read the Bible; think about it day and night; chew it over, and let the Word of God work. It’ll do you no harm; only good.