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.
We're learning to think in new ways. As we develop new thought processes we may lack confidence in our own wisdom and common sense. We may hesitate to carry out God's will if we are afraid of the criticism of the people around us.
Common sense could be defined as our ability to figure out in advance what the likely consequences of our choices and actions will be. We're told, "Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment" (Proverbs 4:7). We can exercise our common sense by thinking about what we can do and then doing the things that we can.
A woman wanted to do something to display her love for Jesus. So she poured some expensive perfume on him. When she did this she was criticized by the disciples. Jesus came to her defense with these words: "Leave her alone. Why criticize her for doing such a good thing to me? . . . She has done what she could" (Mark 14:6-8). These are words we also can cling to.
God wants to renew our minds and help us develop wisdom and common sense. As we try to sort out our choices and develop common sense, people may criticize us. But we can trust that God will come to our defense as long as we do what we can.
God will bring about our recovery as we seek to do what we can.
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.