Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. James 1:12-15 ESV
How many addicts wish they had never yielded to the temptation to use their first drug? How many wish they had never given into their desire to be like the “cool kids,” to experiment with drugs or to try to feel some magical good? All the addicts I have spoken to wish they had known then what they know now. They regret their decision to join the “in crowd” and use drugs, to get the momentary “high” at the cost of their soul. But regrets will not get anyone well.
Blessed are those who remained steadfast under trial and did not yield to temptation. But many of us do yield to our own desires. Following through on these desires, yielding to temptation, leads to sin and sin leads to death. Fortunately, we have a rescuer, a savior, someone who will rescue us from this life of sin and death.
Pray: Dear God, do not let the desire I have for drugs be greater than my desire for you. Jesus, you are my Lord and Savior. Show me the way to recovery, to a new life in you. Amen.