I have really been thinking about this scripture this week. These are directions from a Christian shepherd. This was written down and passed to the early churches. Through years of trial and persecution this letter makes it into the first copy of the Christian Bible. Then it goes on to travel the centuries and the world.
It's no accident.
God wished for us to hear these words.
Now I must apply it to myself.
We live in a culture filled with needy people. No so much poverty stricken here in the US but needy for love, attention, validation, encouragement, etc....I often find myself as one of them.
When we come across someone who is not needy, it is quite a surprise.
The person who seems to be anchored against the emotional hurricane that is our culture. How do they do it?
They know that Christ is all we need. They understand that for every need, of every kind, He is the answer.
If you aren't a child of God this makes no sense, and even if you are you may still feel this is too simple a way to look at the world.
But do not discount this ROCK, this Eternal Foundation.
I heard a song this week that said "What if all you understand could fit into the center of a hand? Then you found it wasn't you, who held the sum of everything you knew "
All the understanding I have, tiny as it may be, did not even come to me by my own strength.
So when any thought pops up that indicates Christ and His word aren't enough, I must put it to this verse:
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
and to this:
But he said to me, Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
and to this: