“The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.”
“Our Higher Power will not give us more than we can handle in one day.”
Those words are familiar to most of us who walk a recovery path. In my life’s experience determining the will of God has been a major stumbling block. Having been bombarded by various preachers extolling numerous differing theologies, I finally came to rest on a space in which that voice inside, some call it conscience, became my deciding factor. It is the indwelling spirit, some choose to capitalize Spirit, which knows my character defects, names them and leads me to correct them. Very simply that is for me the will of God. The conscience was instilled in me for a purpose and that purpose is not merely to spoil my fun. It is there to lead me.
It is a manner of living, sober-living, which embraces everything that my character defects, sinful nature, oppose and resist. If what I am thinking is my will, if it is my surrendering to self-directed action, if it is my desire to please myself, then I should run the opposite direction into my HP’s waiting arms. Today, I have the willingness to live life according to God’s will and I know that when I do this, life can be clean and serene.
I cannot claim life is free of problems and obstacles; however, I can now approach those glitches with confidence knowing that God extends abundant mercy, an unmerited and undeserved gift of grace and favor. God does for me what I cannot do for myself. I am but a lost sheep needing the voice of a shepherd to lead me to the green pastures and still waters. It is there that I find peace and rest amidst a violent, chaotic world. The Father’s will for me is to find comfort and solace following a simplistic but sometimes difficult directive. SURRENDER. “Surrender to my will and you shall be set free. Be still, cease striving; and then you will know that I am God.”
“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But, when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13