Step 7: We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
6 Therefore, humble yourselves under God’s power so that he may raise you up in the last day. 7 Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you. 8 Be clearheaded. Keep alert. Your accuser, the devil, is on the prowl like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith. Do so in the knowledge that your fellow believers are enduring the same suffering throughout the world. 10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, the one who called you into his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will himself restore, empower, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be power forever and always. Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-10, CEB
Step 7 is an act of trust. We trust that God is powerful enough to remove our shortcomings and, in a sense, we trust he’s going to do it. Yesterday we said part of asking humbly is asking without expectation, but that doesn’t mean we have no hope that God is going to listen to and respond to our prayers, does it? Of course not. We need that hope or else we’d probably never find the strength to do step 7 in the first place. Either way, we’re trusting, essentially, that God knows what he’s doing with us and with our lives. We’re trusting he knows the right time to act and to intervene and to create, transform, redeem, restore, or renew. We’re trusting that he’s going to restore us to sanity. We’re trusting that he’s going to care for us.
If we truly believe that he’s the type of God who can and will do these things (and do them freely and lovingly)…how can we keep from asking? If we believe he’s loving, then we wouldn’t hesitate to ask because there’s nothing to be afraid of. Cognitively, yes, this is true. But we all have our doubts, fears, anxieties, and insecurities about who God is. That’s why we exercise trust when we do the steps. We’re trusting that God is who he says he is despite whatever feelings we may have.
We’ve got so many issues, don’t we? God help us!