Step 03 – Trusting in God

September 19, 2006

Step 3

Decide to turn your will and your life over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

As an addict, you have trust issues. We went over some of them in step 2, where we sought to believe that God loved us & that he would help us. Now you will find yourself dealing with a different area of trust. In step 3 you have to learn to trust God to lead you aright.

Perhaps you think that sounds silly.  He is God, you may be saying, of course he won’t lead you astray. True enough. However, what worries you is that he will ask you to do what’s right. For an addict, doing the right thing is a frightening prospect. The right thing brings the possibility of pain for oneself and for loved ones. The right thing means embarassment and humiliation. The right thing will hurt. Addiction is all about avoiding pain; dealing with it is not something addicts are used to. God doesn’t want you to be in pain. In fact, doing his will is the only path to healing.

When Christ offered to bear our burdens, he included those that were our own fault. He has promised to make all our burdens light if we will just take upon ourselves his yoke and let him lead us. God wants to give you joy, not sorrow.

Therefore, you have to trust that he will ask you to do what is right in the best way.  It won’t be your way or the way you would prefer, but it will be the best way.  It will be his way.  God has no great desire to see us suffer.  If we must experience sorrow (and, as an addict, you must), then he will give us the amount that he considers best suited to us and our needs.  Let it bring you to repentance, not further rebellion.

God has a plan for you.  Perhaps it is time that you found out what it is. 

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3 Responses to “Step 03 – Trusting in God”

  1. Leigh Says:

    There’s a lot of things to think about here. Trust, I never thought of it as a big issue, but you’re right. I wonder if we have the right trust in God, though. I trusted God to take addiction away, but he didn’t. I trusted God to help my sister come out of denial regarding our abuse, but she sank into insanity. Trust is a big issue here. Thanks for your comments.

  2. John Anon Says:

    Thanks for your comments, Leigh. I am sorry that posting has been erratic of late. I am hoping that it will become steadier after the weekend. Thanks for hanging in there.


  3. The right thing brings the possibility of pain for oneself and for loved ones. The right thing means embarassment and humiliation. The right thing will hurt.

    I hadn’t thought of it that way, but in grief, God has allowed pain, embarassment and humiliation, things hurt, a lot. Trusting God after that is hard.

    I’m looking forward to your next essay.


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