October 6, 2010 | 12:06 pm

Wednesday – Unchaining God

I’ve been thinking about what we do when times are tough. What happens when we hit rock bottom and feel hope for change slipping away, and our faith fading along with it? What happens when we know we need to make changes in our lives, but no matter how hard we try, we end up following the same bad pattern of choices every day? In 2 Timothy 2:9 we read a simple reminder that we often forget: though we may be imprisoned by a situation or our choices, “the word of God is not chained.” In other words, we cannot equate our limitations with what is possible with God. The experience and success of AA is a powerful reminder of this. Those struggling with addictions first need to recognize they are powerless over it. Once this is acknowledged, they then can turn to a Power greater than themselves who can restore them to sanity. It is not always our inner-reserve or strong will that helps us change. Sometimes we must recognize our powerlessness so that we open ourselves to a Power greater than ourselves. When we feel imprisoned by our circumstances, it is good to know that God is unchained.