2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Surely this step opens me up to God. In it I agree that something miraculous could happen. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, or it’s happening right now, I’m not even saying I believe it’s going to happen, I’m only saying I believe it could happen. I’m open to the possibility. One thing’s for sure, I agree that if it’s going to happen, it’s going to take a power greater than me, because I have already admitted that I am powerless to change.
This is what is so great about this program. It all doesn’t depend on me. It’s honest. It’s deeply humbling. It’s realistic. It calls for more honesty than effort. Most programs with steps you think of as steps upward. We’re going to get up and out of this mess. Motivational programs aim to pump you up. They get everybody up on their feet and jumping up and down and clapping and thinking, “Yeah! I can do this!” This program begins with “I can’t do this. I’ve made a mess of things, and I am powerless to change myself.” Those are forbidden words in most motivational programs. For this, we start with “I can’t,” but then, soon we are asked to consider that Someone else can — Someone more powerful than I am. Help comes from outside myself.
There’s a story in the New Testament about a man who brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus. The demon would throw his son into dangerous convulsions, and the man was at a loss as to what to do. “Have mercy on us and help us, if you can,” he said to Jesus. To which Jesus replied, “What do you mean, ‘If I can?’ Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:22-24) Now that’s an honest response. I believe, but with only part of me. I am not wholehearted about this. I believe, but I’m going to need help with my unbelief.” Well, Jesus indeed helped him with his unbelief; He healed the boy. He drove out the demon. God helped the man believe. He demonstrated His power. That’s all we’re asking of you here — that you believe God could save you. He could restore you. The man had doubts but he had enough belief to get himself to Jesus anyway. Get yourself to Jesus. That’s all we’re asking. If you believe God could help you, well you’re halfway there. That’s the second step.
Do you believe that God can help you?