Psalm 14:1 (KJV) The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. 2 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. 3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord.
I’m all for us feeling good about ourselves and being grateful for the gifts that God’s given us. I’m amazed at the Lord’s wonderful creations that we call man and woman. Our brains alone are beyond my ability to comprehend; the more I learn about computers, the more amazed I am at the one living inside my head.
I’m all for recognizing what a great creation we are and how marvelously talented we are. But in the midst of all our happy talk, we need to accept the glaring reality that each of us, to some degree or another, has a sick mind. Its wiring and chemistry might be functioning perfectly, but it is functioning in the human state of perpetual sickness that takes us to places we neither want nor need to travel (Romans 7).
People can watch their lives fall apart. They can experience confusion and hopelessness for years, and yet still believe that they must and will find a way to help themselves. Perhaps they’ve heard the term ‘self-help’ and think that a lot of people succeed because they’ve figured out how to help themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth.
‘Self-help’ isn’t really self-help at all. Self-help that really helps is God help for our lives. It’s anything but a person’s sick mind finally finding the path to a great and wonderful life. The sick mind that leads us down the wrong path is not going to somehow find the right path one day. In order to find that path we must seek help beyond ourselves. We must reach out and find the treatment we need in specific areas of our lives, and of course under the covering of our God!
Point to ponder – The bottom line is we need God’s help in our lives, and then we can live a fulfilled life! God’s help will lead us to other means of help in specific areas of our lives. Have a great weekend.
For His Glory,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.