Freed from the mouse trap

Ad­dic­tion, iso­la­tion never a good thing

Cape Breton Post - - Advice/Games - Kevin Mat­tatal Fo­cus on Re­li­gion Kevin Mat­tatall is the pas­tor of the Cape Bre­ton Chris­tian Fel­low­ship Church. The Cape Bre­ton Post wel­comes com­ments on his col­umn by email at edit@cb­post. com. For com­ment or prayer email: pas­tor.kevin@cbfel­low­ship.ca

The great in­for­ma­tion high­way that we call the in­ter­net gives us free­dom to ex­plore many won­der­ful things about life. It makes lots of things ac­ces­si­ble to us but that doesn’t mean that ev­ery­thing on the in­ter­net should be ac­cept­able to us.

When we fail to have the wis­dom to know where to go or we are too im­ma­ture to un­der­stand the dan­gers of sight ad­dic­tions, we can be­come trapped by the click of a but­ton in a mod­ern day mouse trap.

What are some signs that you have be­come trapped? The Bi­ble says in Proverbs 18:1 “A man who iso­lates him­self seeks his own de­sire; He rages against all wise judge­ment.”

Iso­lated for hours, a per­son be­comes lost in the plea­sure of seek­ing wrong things to sat­isfy right de­sires. They are look­ing for love in all the wrong places.

Have you ever tried to talk some sense into some­one who is in this state and you only make them an­gry at you? If you want to start a fight just bring up their touchy sub­ject and it’s world war three.

With words as sharp as dag­gers they pro­claim, “Who are you to tell me what to do? I’m an adult! I can do what I want to do, you can’t tell me what to do, why do you want to con­trol me? Maybe I should just leave?!”

They will refuse your wis­est ad­vice as they iso­late them­selves and try to hide from all on­look­ers. They want to be left alone with their bot­tle, their weed, or their high-speed in­ter­net con­nec­tion.

When I was in New­found­land some of the rivers were closed to fish­ing but not closed to look­ing. One evening I had gone down to look at a cer­tain river to see if there were any fish mov­ing. When I ar­rived there was a man who was all by him­self hav­ing a smoke.

We said hello and he asked what I did for a liv­ing and I said I was a min­is­ter. He said that he was a re­tired school­teacher. We talked a lit­tle while about fish­ing and then he said that he didn’t usu­ally smoke.

He said that no one knew that he smoked so he would come down to the river where he could hide and have a puff. There he was like the above scrip­ture said, iso­lated and hid­ing. He knew that it was a prob­lem and yet some­how he was un­able to change.

I thought about Adam in the Gar­den of Eden and when he had an eat­ing dis­or­der he hid from God. I have of­ten won­dered, where does a per­son go if they want to hide from God?

Psalm 139:8 “If I as­cend into Heaven You are there, if I make my bed in hell, You are there.”

Jonah was in the belly of a great fish and God spoke to him there. You can es­cape oth­ers and iso­late your­self but you can’t es­cape the watch­ful eye of the Lord. It’s His de­sire for you to come out of hid­ing and walk into the light of His mercy and grace.

There is help for the help­less and hope for the hope­less and it starts with you seek­ing Je­sus and ask­ing Him to be­come in charge of you. My con­fi­dence is high that as you look up, reach out, and move for­ward your best days are yet to come. God bless you all.

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