God Wants Our Recovery
We were entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character.
Some of our families may attack us for trying to discover a better life. But despite their opposition, we know we can't go another step in the wrong direction. We're tired of being separated from God. We want more from life. Can God really step in and change the course of our lives?
"Listen! The LORD's arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It's your sins that have cut you off from God" (Isaiah 59:1-2). God understands the obstacles we face. He said through Isaiah, "Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked. The LORD looked and was displeased to find there was no justice. He was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm, and his justice sustained him" (59:15-16).
Our relationships with God really can be transformed, our defects removed, the future of our families, bright. "'The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem to buy back those in Israel who have turned from their sins,' says the LORD. 'And this is my covenant with them,' says the LORD. 'My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children's children forever'" (59:20-21).
When we get tired of holding God off and allow him to come into our lives, he will fight for our recovery. He will send his Holy Spirit to stay with us and transform our affections. He will cause us to want the things that are good and to turn from the bad.
When our recovery becomes overwhelming, God personally steps in to help.