An Interesting Comparison

Posted on April 19, 2009. Filed under: Daily Summary | Tags: , , , , , |

On the way home this evening I was listening to KSBJ’s Sunday Night programming – it was one of the shows produced by Family Life Ministries. They were talking about addictions and at one point in the conversation, Ed Welch compared wanting to go back to whatever feelings addiction brings to how the Israelites thought about Eygpt when they were wandering the desert for 40 years. Anytime it gets tough Egypt [or the addiction] seem better than where they are at with God.

Maybe it’s because I just recently finished reading the stories about the Isrealites wandering in the desert. Maybe it’s because I’ve struggled with demons of my own, but the comparison was a cool one and made a lot of sense to me.

Instead of turning to God when times get tough, the addict turns to whatever the addicting substance of choice is – food, sex, drugs, alcohol – often repeatedly. The Israelites were the same when they were wandering Egypt except they would talk about how wonderful Egypt was in comparison to the life they had – nevermind that God saved them numerous times – it wasn’t enough.

If you want to read the whole transcript for the series, visit the URL below

Family Life Ministries – Addiction with Ed Welch

So we have to let go and let God… because He can change us when we can’t change ourselves. I know this because a relationship with Him changed me.

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