Under Construction? Be Ready for God to Work“We were entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character.”—Life Recovery Step 6

If you needed to remodel your house, where would you start? You would need to hire a contractor you trust and let them do the work. Similarly, if you are in recovery from addiction, you are under construction and God is your contractor. In Life Recovery Step 6, you must be ready for God to remove your defects.

Being under construction is difficult because most of us naturally try to hide our flaws. However, we can never truly hide from God. David told God, “You know my thoughts even when I’m far away” (Psalm 139:2, New Living Translation).

To become the person God wants us to be, humility is essential. James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” How can we be ready for God to remove our defects? Here are a few things we can do:

  • Admit our limitations to God, ourselves, and others
  • Find a Life Recovery Group to attend weekly
  • Identify any temptations or triggers we’ve had
  • Promptly ask for forgiveness from those we’ve hurt, as well as forgive those who’ve hurt us
  • Be open and honest with others about any setbacks or relapses

In the Bible, the story of Naaman in 2 Kings 5:1-15 illustrates the importance of being ready for God to work. Naaman was a powerful military figure. However, he had leprosy, which made him an outcast. When Naaman heard that there was a prophet in Israel named Elisha who could heal him, he traveled with 750 pounds of silver, 150 pounds of gold, and ten sets of clothing to persuade Elisha to heal him. But after Elisha instructed him to dip himself seven times in the Jordan River, Naaman got angry because he expected his expensive gifts to buy him an instant, easy cure. Ultimately, how Naaman found healing was by humbly followed Elisha’s instructions to dip in the Jordan River seven times. It was only when Naaman humbled himself and was ready for God to remove his defects was he finally healed.

Like Naaman, our addictions are as life-threatening as leprosy. While there’s no quick fix, we must be humble, ready to have God remove our character defects, and commit to the process.

When you are ready for God to work in you, He will begin to work powerfully through you.

by Steve Arterburn and Dr. David Stoop