Don't be afraid ... this is only a hypothetical question! Have you ever gone without coffee in the morning?How does it feel? Probably not so good!
The reason I ask is that I have been trying to reduce the amount of coffee I drink. I need to. A doctor once asked me how much coffee I drank each day, "2 or 3?" And I had to ask him if he was talking about cups or pots. I drank way too much coffee!
However, my efforts to reduce my coffee/caffeine intake were not fueled by my desire to comply with medical wisdom (I know, shame on me. I apologize to all my doctor friends). They were fueled by an experience that opened my eyes to a part of my consumption that wasn't so obvious ... at first.
It all began on a great morning out on a friend's ranch. I was invited out to this ranch with a group of men from the church. It was a great morning and everything was going well. We had our breakfast and an abundance of coffee and went out for the day.
The only little detail that was missing was the caffeine ... it was DECAF coffee. I didn't realize. I drank it when we got back to the house. I drank it while we were preparing dinner. I should have been "good to go!" Except ...
I guess I should have known sooner, but I have so many allergies since moving to SA that it is not uncommon for me to have a little headache during the day. I did. I took ibuprofen (thank goodness of spell-check) and went on my way. The headache, rudely, did not follow my example. Four hours later I took more ibuprofen ... no relief. But it wasn't too bad and we were having fun ... so I decided to just forget about it!
When I went to bed, the headache was worse, but I was sure it would be better by morning. WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!
I woke up at 2:05 am with my head about to explode. I have never had such a headache. The pain was incredible. I was in agony! I couldn't imagine what could be wrong with me ... when it hit me. Caffeine!
I had been poisoned ... or un-poisoned ... or whatever. I NEEDED CAFFEINE!
I went to the coffee pot ... just as I suspected. DECAF! I had no idea the treacherous nature of the people around me. Worse yet ... there was no regular coffee anywhere to be found. I was more than an hour from any sort of civilization ... I needed to come up with some caffeine.
That's when I remembered that even DECAF had a small amount of caffeine. Fortunately for me, there was a half pot still in the carafe. I drank it all in desperation and waited. NOTHING! The headache only got worse.
In my desperation I finally had an idea ... soda has caffeine. I don't drink it very often, but I remembered that there was a cooler full on the deck. I went out there and grabbed two bottles. I guzzled them down as quickly as I could. And I laid back down ... to die!
Guess what! I didn't die ... my head didn't explode ... the pain went away and I went to sleep! I had fulfilled my need ... my addiction and all was well. I just needed caffeine.
Well, that little experience started me down a path of wanting to reduce my need for caffeine.
Here is my point ... As I read 2 Timothy 3 today, especially verses 16 and 17: "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 I thought of a couple of other verses.
Consider these verses in light of 2 Timothy 3.
"... the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." Genesis 2:7
"For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” 1 Peter 1:23-35
As I read these verses, I realized something. While God did not create me to have a "need" for caffeine, I was created to "NEED" the Word of God. And so were you! God breathed into us to give us life. We are God-breathed. And the Word is God-breathed. We need the "Living Word of God" to keep our souls healthy and our lives strong.
No wonder we grow so spiritually weak when we are not "in the Word." No wonder we struggle to remain faithful to God and His will when we make no time to read the Bible. We have a "NEED" because of who we are and how we were created. We NEED the WORD of GOD!
Take in a big drink of God's Word today ... start in 2 Timothy 3 (it is a great chapter). Your soul will thank you!