Obedience to God, through faith and application of all we have learned in recovery, is proof we trust Him.
Paul says in Philippians 2:12-13 “my loved ones, as you have at all times done what I say, not only when I am present, but now much more when I am not with you, give yourselves to working out your salvation with fear in your hearts; For it is God who causes your desires and of your acts, for his good pleasure.”
Recovery is not a show, an act we put on for others. Obedience to God’s guidance in our lives and in our recovery is a requirement of spiritual growth. Our desire to obey God and comes directly from our relationship with Him. The Twelve Steps talk about contacting God through prayer, reading the Bible, and meditating on what it says and what God says to us. Obedience to what He says to us shows that we are willing to go to any lengths to do what He says.
Anyone who has read my blog knows that for me obedience began during relapse. When I heard God say to me “Archie if you want to get and maintain recovery, you must walk away from Western Australia.” A comfortable place I had lived all of my teenage life. Was it easy? NO! was it necessary YES! Have there been times I wanted to quit and run back to the comfort I knew? YES!
One thing I used to hear people in recovery rooms say regularly, that used to annoy me was “It gets easier” So I will not say that. What I will say is what it says in the heading of this post: ‘GOD IS COMMITTED TO YOU! ‘ and if you are willing to put your faith and trust in Him. If you are willing, through a relationship with Him to seek His will, go where He tells you to and do what He tells you to do your life is going to change in ways you can only imagine right now.
True obedience is about following His lead to the best of your ability and trusting Him for the things you can’t do in your own strength. Deuteronomy 5:32 says “be very careful to act exactly as God commands you. Don’t veer off to the right or the left.” He will lead you if you let Him. He will tell you where to go and what to do, without you having to interpret it. My faith is very simple and has been since I gave my life to Him in 1989. He opens doors and I walk through them. Often without knowing what is on the other side. Why? because I trust Him and know that whatever He wants me to do He has already prepared the way.
You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by GOD. You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That’s right—you don’t go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. Psalms 119:1-3