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 God Never Misspeaks

 

Refer to Step 10: I choose to believe God still has a purpose for my life—a purpose for good and not evil.

 

Loyalty to Jesus means that I have to step out where I do not see anything . . . Faith is not intelligent understanding, faith is deliberate commitment to a Person where I see no way.

—Oswald Chambers

When trials come our way, most of us can generate the courage to fight our way through them. That is, when we know what the outcome is predicted to be. When we don’t, it’s a different matter entirely.

Our courage evaporates; God’s power doesn’t seem to be almighty; and we spend our days terrified of what the future will bring.

If this is true for most people—and it is—it’s particularly true for those in recovery, regardless of what type of recovery it might be. It’s in situations like these where the rubber meets the road. It’s the place where you have to step out and do what God tells you to do, regardless of what that might be.

It’s a scary place—a place where most sane people prefer not to be. It’s not only frightening, but it’s also lonely, nerve-wracking, and discouraging. Fretting about calamity just seems to be the way humans are made.

That’s why being joyful about your trials seems like nonsense—like God either doesn’t know what He is doing or He is like a politician and “misspoke” about having things under control. But God does know what He is doing, and He never misspeaks about anything—never.

When you count it all joy, you abandon your right to moan and murmur, choosing instead to take God at His word, knowing that heaven and earth will pass away but God’s word never will. This is a hard thing to do but, despite your circumstances, that’s exactly what God is telling you to do.

Even if you “have to fake it until you make it,” make a conscious decision to count your trials as joy, knowing that the results of them will make you a better person—a far better person.

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us and eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not see; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (II Corinthians 4:17-18)

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