|Posted on October 17, 2018 at 10:35 AM|
Our everyday lives are filled with choices. Most are fairly mundane like, “what shall I have for breakfast” while others are life threatening like, “should I take chemo treatments”. Naturally we make such choices based on our own knowledge of what is best at the time and hope that we are right. In the case of the more mundane choices we have little concern about the outcome. But concerning the life altering choices we feel a desperate need for assurance of a positive outcome. This is where our own knowledge of what is best usually lets us down and we find ourselves seeking answers outside ourselves.
Anyone entering recovery as a lifestyle has come to this point in a profound way. They have felt the helplessness of admitting they are powerless, and their life is unmanageable, sought help from a “Higher power” outside themselves, and made a choice to turn their will and their lives over to the care of God. Realizing the limitations of our own knowledge is the first step of learning to trust the wisdom of God. Believing that God has the answers and power prompts us to decide to turn all our choices and their outcomes over to his care. The heart of recovery as a lifestyle is a decision to rely on God rather than ourselves for making the choices needed for positive outcomes in life.
Jesus understood how confusing life in this world would be for his followers and promised them the help they needed to make the right choices after his departure. While he was with them he made all the decisions for them, but as he was returning to the Father he promised, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you” (John 14: 16, 17). He went on to say he would not leave them “comfortless” (literally like orphans without direction) but would come to them through his Spirit, the Comforter, living in them.
This promise of the indwelling Spirit of God, the Comforter, is perhaps the greatest blessing of God in our lives today. We are no longer left to our own understanding and power to make the right choices in life. We have an inner source for the wisdom of God in any and all the decisions we have to make on a daily basis. Little wonder that Jesus called him the Comforter. No matter how big or how serious the outcome of our choice, we may rest assured we can make the right choices following his direction.
On a recent tour of a Bell Helicopter plant I learned of the amazing technology available to today’s pilots that illustrates the work of the Comforter in our lives. In dangerous flying conditions that would tend to confuse a pilot and lead him to make the wrong choices resulting in a crash, all the pilot must do is let go of the controls and an internal system will automatically return the aircraft to a safe altitude and position. This internal “comforter” will make the right choices for the pilot to prevent a disastrous outcome of his choices while confused. Rather than trust himself and his own knowledge of what is best, the pilot learns to trust his internal “comforter” to make the right choices. So, it is with us who have the indwelling Comforter living within to make the right choices in this confusing and dangerous world.