Saving Righteousness

“So,” you ask, “does the law contradict God’s promise?” Absolutely not! Never was there written a law that could lead to resurrection and life; if there had been, then surely we could have experienced saving righteousness through keeping the law. But we haven’t. ~ Galatians 3:21-29 The Voice 

But my friend sat before me, and he made the point blank declaration that God had done for him what he could not do for himself. His human will had failed. Doctors had pronounced him incurable. Society was about to lock him up. Like myself, he had admitted complete defeat. Then he had, in effect, been raised from the dead, suddenly taken from the scrap heap to a level of life better than the best he had ever known!  ~ Alcoholics Anonymous. Page 11

What does it matter
what advertisements proclaim?
The before and after pictures,
the weight loss in hundreds
of pounds?
The guarantee of “this much”
lost in “this many” days?
Haven’t we tried them all?
Can’t we list our attempts…
most weigh-and-pay organizations
you could name, diet pills,
Carb blockers, Amphetamines,
metal pins at an acupuncture point on the ear,
internet programs, diets in magazines,
counting calories, counting carbs,
counseling for years, hypnotism, fasting.
motivational tapes,
New Year’s resolutions…
We just can’t!!!

God, you can.
Could we have
some saving righteousness?