Sunday, June 20, 2010

Limitations of Self-help

…all of us have been heavily influenced by the modern worldview, which believes that human reason and effort are able to understand and control the material world without a need for understanding or relying upon God. As a result we are prone to putting our trust in ourselves and in technology to improve our lives, forgetting that it is God who is the Creator and Sustainer…

When Helping Hurts
Steve Corbett, Brian Fikkert

“O Lord, You are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are the work of Your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)

Lord, we need that reminder from Isaiah. We’re easily seduced by the 21st century prophets of self-help and their popular best sellers.

Indeed, we need help. We all have failures, addictions, compulsions and obsessions, but self-help has serious limitations.

A lasting makeover, an effective rehabilitation, can be achieved only with your Grace. The unmatched counselor is your Holy Spirit. The incomparable book is your Word.

…but we are inclined to seek substitutes.

As Paul told the Corinthians: “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
(2nd Corinthians 5:17)

Father, mold me in the likeness of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.