This is a tricky article to write, very difficult to convince people to believe in a High Power if they don’t already. For me, it is pretty easy to believe. I can’t look at the photos from the Hubble Telescope, see the leaves change color every fall or how perfectly every living creature is put together and think that it all evolved from an explosion, or mud, or fish or whatever the theory is now a days. So, for the sake of ease I will write with the assumption we all believe and have just strayed for whatever reason.
I hope you will agree with me when I say this Twelve Step Program was heavenly sent to Dr. Bob & Bill W. It has helped countless people rid themselves of the demon alcohol. There are many many things we are told not to do in the bible and partaking of strong drink and being drunk are two of those. When we do things our Higher Power (mine is the Lord so from now on that is who I will refer to) does not want us to do then we become separated from him. Those things come between us and we can’t be near him, to partake of his comfort & knowledge or to receive his blessings while these things are in the way. Especially, if we know better and do it anyway. Anything that comes between us and the Lord is NOT of him but of the adversary.
If we find ourselves in a not so ideal position, stop and think if it is of God or not. We should ask ourselves if the things we have done to change the situation have worked. How many times have we tried and they have failed? According to Urban Dictionary the definition of insanity is: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Perhaps we, in the past, had halfheartedly turned to the Lord. We supposed we had humility when really we hadn’t. We supposed we had been serious about religious practices when, upon honest appraisal, we found we had been only superficial (Step 2). And since were weren’t sincere we didn’t receive his help so we gave up.
So, after we have tried to tackle the problem on our own, we are all out of ideas and things are only getting worse we must be ready to have our sanity restored, right? Why not turn to the Lord and give him our all? It certainly can’t make things worse and all things are possible through him.
Since we we sort of tried before, many of us won’t turn to the Lord until it is a last ditch effort. Our back is against the wall and we are at our wits end with know one else to turn to. Sometimes we must be broken before we realize our need. And our deepest need is to be reconciled to God. Only then can we be made whole….restored to sanity.
Now, I wouldn’t expect that the Lord is going to necessarily change the cheating spouse or rebelling child (they have to come to him). But he will change us and give us wisdom to better handle, and even resolve, the part we play in the situation. This may take time and will require patience on our part but if we try in earnest the Lord WILL restore us to sanity.
Psalms 55:22 says, “Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you;”.