Romans 8:26 NIV
May 2, 2015
A Sober Christian
Romans 8:26 NIV
“The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”
On a cold November night in 1996, after a 20 year run as a self absorbed alcoholic and drug addict, I was blessed with the gift of desperation.
On this night, I staggered to my car out of alcohol and high on cocaine, about to make a beer run and disgusted again with myself and what my life had become. On this night, before getting in my car, I paused and stared into the heavens. It was a clear night and the stars shown with a brilliance I still remember to this day.
“God help me,” was all I could think of.
In my moment of weakness I was inspired to cry these words into the night sky…and in spite of myself, and what I had become, my life soon changed forever.
When I read Roman 8:26, I am reminded of my cry into cold dark sky.
At that moment I was at my weakest moment…I was powerless.
In AA, when we first face our alcoholism, it is suggested that we admit that we are powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable.
It is through this admission of weakness that we lay our first bricks in this new foundation of sobriety.
I have since found as a sober Christian, that in weakness, I gain strength. When I “let go and let God,” I am embracing my humanity. I know who and what I am, living life one day at a time.
Life has a way of making us all vulnerable and weak. When I acknowledge my weakness, my fears and my sins through prayer, I am inviting the intervention of the Spirit and the mercy of Christ into my life.
Today we should embrace our vulnerabilities and seek His mercy. When we are guided by the Spirit, our cries are heard.
May He hear your cry today.
Jon B. Korn
Alcoholic, Addict and Sinner, Saved by Grace