Freed from the mouse trap
Addiction, isolation never a good thing
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.