But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. Romans 7:21-23
We’ve come to the end of our artificial schedule of 12-step devotionals on the fourth step.
Month-by-month, we will continue to keep step with the 12 steps that so many have found helpful as they seek to find freedom from bondage.
It’s not a bad thing to come to the end of this step and realize that we do not have what it takes.
Stop. Listen. Do you hear the dropping of the chains of expectation?
Paul wrote about his need for more, his willpower was strong, but his capacity to do was weak. He confesses that he has tried everything – and nothing helped. Can you relate? Have you tried countless self-improvement projects, only to sink into the bitter pit of disappointment at your own inability to carry the project across the goal line of completion?
Paul doesn’t leave us in despair. He provides us an answer filled with hope. But to access the hope, we must set aside our need to self-improve; our illusions that “we can do it” with enough self-effort. Let’s end the month, a tough month, with Paul’s encouraging words. As a dear friend of mine says, may your roots sink deep, as you meditate on the source of all sustaining hope….
The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different….
We are all contradictions, but we trust in a Savior who sets things right. May we sink deep into this truth, and see what happens. Amen.