Accomplishments and successes in this life can lead some to believe that they have no need of God. In Proverbs Chapter 18, verses 10-11 it says: The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe. A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his own imagination. [NASB BIBLE]
Money and self-sufficiency can create the illusion that you can handle everything without God. Perhaps you’ve never come up against a problem that you couldn’t solve yourself. Maybe you take pride in how strong you are, how well you cope, how much you’re able to do on your own. Depending on yourself–and being good at it–can be an obstacle to knowing God.
God wants to be our strength. He wants us to go to Him with our whole lives, good and bad. In Proverbs Chapter 3, verses 5 and 6 it says: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. [NASB Bible] We may feel pretty on top of our lives, but only God knows what we don’t. He knows all about our relationships, our future challenges, the situations we’re in. He knows our strengths and our weaknesses. There is no substitute for the wisdom and knowledge of God. The counsel of God is superior to any human help we seek because He sees the entire picture from every angle. And, He loves us unconditionally, so He’s willing to forgive our mistakes and give us second and third and fourth and fifth chances….Just look at this blog, for example. It’s been over 2 weeks since I last posted, and ironically, my last post was about how I hadn’t posted in 2 weeks! I wrote about feeling guilty for neglecting this blog, and here I am again in the same situation! 🙂 So I’m getting back up on the horse, hoping that I haven’t let anyone down with my lack of self-discipline. But this much I know is true–God wants me to talk about Him to other people through this blog, so I have to keep coming back, doing my best to do better. 🙂