Have you ever tried to manipulate God? Maybe you asked God for something, but then you set out to help him answer your prayer.
Comedian Emo Philips said, “I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked God for forgiveness.”
While I don’t commend the bike stealing theology, I’ve certainly been there. And I have discovered that manipulating God – or life – never works out. But when I muck things up, one thing does work out.
John wrote, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleans us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Recovery Step: If you have crossed a few lines in your effort to fix things in your own strength and wisdom, take heart. The God who promises to guide you – if you let him – also promises to forgive you.