Medicating vs. Seeking God's Strength
Healing is a journey. It can take time to stop feeling the pain. How are you doing in the process?
Working longer hours, shopping, seeking sexual fulfillment, numbing your pain with alcohol or drugs…these are all artificial painkillers that you may feel tempted to seek in order to help you cope with your stress. Depending on things such as these instead of depending on God will keep you from making forward progress.
When you’re tempted to fill the void with these “artificial painkillers,” take time to pray and ask God how he wants to help. When we rely on our own strength and temporary highs to medicate the pain, we’re missing the opportunity that God desires to use in order to help us grow and teach us to trust in him. When we are weak, he is strong. He is our rock and our strong tower. Ask him, and he’ll give you his strength for the daily tasks.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. (Psalm 28:7)