A New Life
Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles 28:19-21
We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry it out.
Full recovery doesn't stop with repairing our brokenness. It includes building a new life that's free, full, and rich. It takes courage to let ourselves dream of the life we truly desire. What if we allow ourselves to hope only to be disappointed again? What if we start and fail, suffering public humiliation? These fears can paralyze us and keep us from life in all its fullness.
David dreamed of building a magnificent temple. In commissioning his son Solomon to do the work he said, "Every part of this plan . . . was given to me in writing from the hand of the Lord. . . . Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you" (1 Chronicles 28:19-20). The apostle Paul said, "We [believers] are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord" (Ephesians 2:21).
Just as David dreamed of building a magnificent temple, we can dare to dream of building a magnificent new life. We need not be frightened by the size of the task, for "God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished" (Philippians 1:6).
Our knowing God will provide the courage we need to build a new life.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.