A Major Miracle
We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
At this point in recovery, we may feel that nothing short of a major miracle will win the battles we face. We may have been badly beaten as we tried to fight our addictions in the past. We probably concluded that we were too weak to win. What could be different now that will bring victory over our shortcomings?
When we fight alone, we are too weak to win. But if we call on the Lord to fight with us, it's a different story. Joshua was called upon to help an ally fight against several attacking enemies. " ‘Do not be afraid of them,' the Lord said to Joshua, ‘for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you' " (Joshua 10:8). Just as God promised, Israel won a decisive victory. "On the day the Lord gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said, ‘Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.' So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies. . . . There has never been a day like this one before or since, when the Lord answered such a prayer. Surely the Lord fought for Israel that day!" (Joshua 10:12-14).
It may take a major miracle to overcome the foes we face; but God is in the miracle business! He declares that every shortcoming is already defeated and given to us to destroy. When we call out to God for help in the heat of battle, we can have confidence in receiving his help. When the Lord is fighting for us, he won't stop until all our shortcomings are wiped out!
When we feel discouraged we must remember that God has already won the battle.