Sobriety – John Burghauser
- To be free from drunkenness and every form of excess
- Exercising self-control by curbing passions
- To be even-tempered in mind and action
- To be reasonable and sensible
Many men and women have found a place of freedom from drug and alcohol abuse… yet they still find themselves hurting. They were so convinced that breaking the bonds of chemical dependency would satisfy all they were looking for… then, when they managed to string together several weeks or months of clean-time, they comment that “things seem to be no better… or getting worse”.
The word sobriety is used so often by those seeking to be clean… yet there is often a misunderstanding of what they are truly seeking! The Wycliffe Bible Dictionary tells us that “sobriety” is really a complete life change… meaning that we now need to pursue right-living in all that we do. (see below)
God desires that His people be a people of holiness, and that encompasses all of our lives. When someone asks God to grant them sobriety, I believe He will grant it, yet He expects them to honor that by giving Him their life! The free gift of salvation is to set us free from having to pay for our sinful ways… yet, as with any gift, it is only helpful to us when it is opened and used. To “use” the gift of salvation is to walk in freedom, trusting in Jesus to direct our paths.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5&6
As part of our sinful nature, we are prone to demanding that God grant us what we ask for, right when we ask for it. But in God’s divine wisdom, He gives us what we need at just the right time.
If you have asked God for sobriety, and have come to believe that He has not heard you… you might examine your life, in its entirety, and see if there are still ways in which God wants to make changes.
Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Lamentations 3:40
It is important to find a good Church; with sound teaching and opportunities for fellowship. But be sure that you have put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, the only One who can help you!