12 Steps to Serenity

Devotional

STEP 1

We admitted we were powerless over our dependencies—that our lives had become unmanageable.

It is human nature to want to be (and to believe that we are) in complete control of our circumstances and our lives. But truly fortunate people come to a point in their lives when they realize this is definitely not possible or even desirable. These people are the fortunate ones because they have come to the end of themselves just as the psalmist David has come to the end of his physical and emotional resources.

“My bones are troubled” is a Hebrew way of saying “I am wracked with pain.” David, the valiant warrior, admits his weakness, his emotional collapse. But instead of being defeated by this admission, David has actually placed himself in the strongest position possible. Now he is free to transcend the emptiness of his own resources, free to surrender trying to manage things on his own strength, and free to partake of God’s unlimited resources!