“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. ” Romans 8:38 (NLT)
In thinking about my post, I looked back over others I’d written, and I discovered a strange coincidence. For the past three years, I’ve written about my sobriety in the month of April. it’s too remarkable to not be orchestrated by God for reasons totally beyond my understanding!
But, as I read these posts, what I began to see is what I learned wasn’t limited to my being an alcoholic. And, so, I share them with you today:
Five lessons I learned on my way to sobriety:
- God can meet us where we are. I didn’t know that meant He would plow His way through the alcohol and beer I drank. Ultimately, He showed me that consuming His love would lead to a peace that didn’t require drinking.
- Paul was spot on. Nothing can separate us from God’s love. My raging, my rejection, my stubbornness? Gnats in a hurricane. God is so much bigger.
- God can use weakness to demonstrate His strength. I had my last drink July 3, 1987. And by His grace and goodness, I’ve not had one since.
- We all have strongholds, areas in our lives that prevent us from having a full relationship with God. Alcohol, gambling, food, drugs, shopping, pornography, power, gossip, status, anger, self-pity. Until we unclench our hands and let them go to grab onto God, these strongholds will control us.
- We’re not the boss of God. Negotiate? Compromise? Downsize? Bargain? None of the above. Just because we can’t see His plan doesn’t mean it’s non-existent.