Desperate, I throw myself on you: you are my God! Hour by hour I place my days in your hand, safe from the hands out to get me. Warm me, your servant, with a smile; save me because you love me. Don’t embarrass me by not showing up; I’ve given you plenty of notice. Embarrass the wicked, stand them up, leave them stupidly shaking their heads as they drift down to hell. Gag those loudmouthed liars who heckle me, your follower, with jeers and catcalls. Psalms 31:14-18

God alone can deliver us from addiction. Without Him, we try and fail. Ask anyone who has successfully walked the recovery road for any length of time and I am sure they will give the glory of their success to Him. Some years ago I went to an AA meeting here in Victoria where I was asked to share my story. I did, and after the meeting, a number of the group participants came to me and said that they knew and agreed with what I said but were unable to share their own experiences of God with the group for fear of retribution.

God is willing to forgive and empower us as we go through the recovery process. Paul writes in Philippians 1:20 I can hardly wait to continue on my course. I don’t expect to be embarrassed in the least. On the contrary, everything happening to me in this jail only serves to make Christ more accurately known, regardless of whether I live or die. They didn’t shut me up; they gave me a pulpit! Boldly we need to learn to share what God has done, is doing, and has promised to do for us through the process of recovery. Failure to do so may rob someone of the opportunity to express what He has done for them and help someone not as far on the walk as we are to stumble. Do you want that on your conscience? I don’t