Daily Reprieve…

3 Jan

I really like what the book Alcoholics Anonymous says in chapter 6, “What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day where we must carry the vision of God’s will into all of our activities. ‘How can I best serve Thee- Thy will (not mine) be done.’ These are thoughts which must go with us constantly.”

Doesn’t it make sense that when we fully rely on God, situations have a tendency to work out far better for us than when we try to “control” things? Doesn’t our relentless pursuit of personal independence from God typically lead to frustration and self inflicted pain? Don’t our attempts to wrestle life into a state of submission usually fail?

Why is it so difficult to come to God FIRST? Why do we insist on running the show, knowing we won’t have the outcome we want?

My answer: EGO

I believe that most of us enjoy the way it feels when we can step back from a great situation or outcome and exclaim, “I did this! Because of me, this wonderful thing has happened.” I believe the recognition we get from a job well done is the driving force behind most of our reluctance to seek God first. If we turn to God in the planning stages and things go well, doesn’t that take away from our personal glory? Does this stem from The Beginning with the fall of man? Even then we sought to be as smart as God. Wasn’t that ego?

At the beginning of this I mentioned the “daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.” Well, just what is a daily reprieve and just how do we “maintain” our spiritual condition?


  1. to give relief or deliverance to for a time


  1. rescue from something:
  2. rescue from captivity, hardship, or domination by evil

The definition above suggests that if we are given a reprieve, that we are receiving relief and deliverance from something for a period of time. Deliverance is defined as “rescue from something: rescue from captivity, hardship, or domination by evil.”

If we earnestly seek God, He will give us relief and deliverance from our burdens. My favorite verses in scripture are Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

We spend so much time focused on our plans, getting our way, achieving the outcome we want. How often do you stop and consider what God may be trying to direct you to? If we seek direction from our Creator, we can rest in the comfort of His perfect will.

Another portion of the Big Book that I like says, “The first requirement is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success. On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good.”

Today… let God run the show. Ask him how you can serve Him, instead of demanding that He serve you.

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