“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”
Galatians 5:6 (NIV) “Daily Hope with Rick Warren”
That devotional today brought to mind the following thoughts as I watched Mac receive his 26 year sobriety chip last night at Celebrate Recovery.
I was asked this just yesterday by a hurting woman: “How can I trust my husband when he relapsed?” Since the Bible says in I Corinthians 13, love always trusts, the only way you can trust an untrustworthy person is through God. In other words, I trust my spouse through God working in my spouse. I believe where God promised, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. “ Acts 2:38 NIV
It’s easy to trust Mac now. He has a good track record. But 26 years ago, Mac wasn’t a trustworthy person. Doctors said during family week at rehab, where there were 20 guys sitting around in a circle, that statistics prove 1 out of 20 would make it. And then asked them, “Which one of you will be that one?” Mac said out loud to everybody, “I’m going to be that one.” Mac kept in touch with the staff over the years and Mac was the only one that stayed sober. They confirmed it was because of him growing in a relationship with Jesus Christ and God’s people.
When Mac first got out of rehab though I was scared to trust him. I stepped out in faith and decided to look at Mac as I saw him through God’s eyes how he would look in a year, a strong man of God. When he got up to speak at a youth rally when he was only 87 days sober, I saw a “Saul” that was transforming into a “Paul”. If you don’t know that story check it out of Paul’s conversion in Acts 22.
I decided to trust God through His working on Mac and me to become the people He created us to be.