Principle II: Earnestly Believe That God Exists, That I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.
Principle II covers what AA refers to as steps two and three;Â belief and submission. To most Christians, this is an easy one. We know that God has domain over our lives and controls our destiny. But this can be a tough one when you are inebriated and disconnecting from God. When I was drinking, I frequently put God on the back burner and opted for the booze instead.Â Even as a Christian, I still didn’t respect His authority because I was living in a fog. I couldn’t realizeÂ He had the power to give me the strength I needed to get, and stay, sober.
For since the creation of the world Godâs invisible qualitiesâhis eternal power and divine natureâhave been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
If we take that first step and acknowledge Gods existence, we can then begin to ask for strength and healing in our addiction. We matter greatly to Him. He made us after all. We are proof of His existence and continued work in the world. Just as easily as He could put an end to us, He also has the power to help us when we need it the most. He puts you through trials before He can show you His true power. For us alcoholics, we are put in that spot to help us grow as individuals, or help others through our personal story. Whether that story be of failure, mediocrity, or triumph.