We admitted that we were powerless over our dependencies and that our lives had become unmanageable.

lrd-victim-or-victorThere will be times in life when right and wrong stand in stark contrast. Even when we know what’s right and how things should be changed, the power may seem to be on the wrong side. We may feel powerless even though we know we are standing for what is right. But even when this is true, we still shouldn’t give up. Sometimes situations where we feel powerless can prompt action that changes everything for the better.

David observed as “Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, came out from the Philistine ranks. Then David heard him shout his usual taunt to the army of Israel. As soon as the Israelite army saw him, they began to run away in fright. ‘Have you seen the giant?’ the men asked. ‘He comes out each day to defy Israel.’ ” David convinced the king to let him fight the giant his own way. He shouted to Goliath, “‘You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you’ ” (1 Samuel 17:23-25, 45-46).

The army saw themselves as helpless victims. Their powerlessness paralyzed them so they just stood there and took the abuse. David took courageous action to recover their dignity. There are times when we need courage and God’s help to fight against the tendency to remain a victim. We need to stand up for our human dignity and respond in new ways if we are to claim our recovery.

With God by our side there is no need to wait; we can move forward into our recovery.

Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.