The 7 Roots Of Anger

Day 7 of 8 • This day’s reading


Root 7 — Chemical Addiction

Even as we consider brain dysfunction, we’re wise to recognize that certain chemicals are poison to the brain. Alcohol is one of them. A number of other drugs and medications are toxic to the brain when used in great quantity or over great lengths of time.

Most people are familiar with the term “mean drunk.” Some individuals become increasingly angry the more alcohol they consume. If you’re the victim of an angry outburst from a person who’s consumed too much alcohol or drugs, the best thing you can do is walk away. Don’t try to argue or reason with the person. You’ll not be successful. And in the end, you may be injured physically or psychologically if you remain in the person’s presence. 

The Bible tells the story of a rich man named Nabal who owned many sheep and goats. It was customary in his day to reward self-employed and self-appointed vigilantes who protected flocks from thieves. Before he became king, David led such a band of men. The owners of the livestock usually compensated those who’d protected their investment at the time the sheep were sheared. David sent some of his young men to Nabal to collect what was owed them, but the rich man refused to give them anything. When David heard this, he was furious and set off with 400 armed men to destroy Nabal and all he owned.

But Nabal’s wife, Abigail, intervened. Without her husband’s knowing it, she packed food and provisions for David and his men. She went to humbly ask him to refrain from shedding blood, called him to remember his position before the Lord, and begged him not to do anything that might damage his reputation or ability to rule in the future. David received her gifts and responded to her plea, “Go up to your house in peace. See, I have listened to you and granted your request” (1 Sam. 25:35).

Abigail returned home to find Nabal hosting a lavish feast and appearing “very drunk” (1 Sam. 25:36). We learn more about Abigail’s wisdom when Scripture explains, “She did not tell him anything at all until the morning light” (1 Sam. 25:36). She waited until “the wine had gone out of Nabal” (1 Sam. 25:37), and then she told him what David had intended and what she’d done to avoid bloodshed.

Might I heartily recommend Abigail’s approach if you must deal with someone who’s drunk, an alcoholic, or a person high on drugs. Remember, there’s absolutely nothing to be gained from alcohol or drug use. But there’s so very much to lose. If you or someone you love has a problem with drugs or alcohol, ask God to help you seek help and overcome it today.