As an Investigator (by profession), often times I find myself in court to discuss my case findings. This week, I managed to sit in on the sentencing trial of a young man whose addiction to drugs facilitated his repeated offenses.
Pleading for a lesser sentence, he testified about the years of dysfunction suffered at the hand of heroine. He described his struggle to beat the drug and begged for the judge to help & have mercy on him.
The prosecutor, as to suggest that nothing would help, reminded him of his previous failed attempts at sobriety & badgered him to explain why he kept returning to it. His answer… “I don’t know how to explain why I keep going back, I guess it’s ingrained in me.” In the sincerity of the moment, the judge spoke up & said, “son you’re fighting a drug that wants to kill you & so far it’s winning.”
The reality for many of us is that grave affliction has been injected directly into our veins and life is trying to snuff us out. Hurt & rejection is ingrained in us. Anger, frustration, loss and low self esteem is firmly fixed and deep rooted in our being. We live each day in recovery fighting for our lives and sometimes it feels like the “drug” is winning. But there is hope! God has not sentenced us to a lifetime of misery. He has the power to free us from the addiction to pain.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT)
Regardless of the “prosecutors” in my life, God specializes in rehab. I’m so glad He has the ability to reverse any and every negative thing that’s been ingrained in me.