In the classic French children’s book, “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery we find an illustration on addiction.
The book “tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behavior through a series of extraordinary encounters.”
On each planet, he discovers different people with moral failings. On one of them, a man was drinking alcohol. The boy inquires as to what the man was doing.
“Drinking,” replied the drunkard, with a gloomy expression.
“Why are you drinking?” the little prince asked.
“To forget,” replied the drunkard.
“To forget what?” inquired the little prince, who was already feeling sorry for him.
“To forget that I’m ashamed,” confessed the drunkard, hanging his head.
“What are you ashamed of?” inquired the little prince, who wanted to help.
“Of drinking!” concluded the drunkard, withdrawing into silence for good. And the little prince went on his way, puzzled.
What hopelessness and misery.
Solomon’s exposition on the disintegration found in alcohol is as powerful as any in existence (Proverbs 23:29-35). He ends the passage,
“They have struck me, but I was not hurt;
They have beaten me, but I did not feel it.
When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?” (Proverbs 23:35, NKJV).
The endless loop of addiction never reaches its end. It lies, rationalizes and empowers itself so that the victim loses all hope of escape. Why would we lose ourselves in that endless maze?
God offers us freedom and through Him we can be at our best (Matthew 11:28-30). There’s no reason to be enslaved by Satan (Revelation 20:11-15).
Take the Lord’s hand and be safe and liberated for all time (Romans 8:5-17).