NOT NEEDING GOD
“God opposes the proud but give grace to the humble.”
Rabbi Harold Kushner relates this story regarding pride.
Atlas was condemned to carry the weight of the entire world on his shoulders. That was as harsh a punishment as the ancient Greek mind could conjure up.
Today, it seems, we have volunteered to play the role of Atlas. We have not offended God, we have dismissed him, told him we were grown up enough not to need his help any more, and offered to carry the weight of the entire world on our shoulders.
The question is, when it gets too heavy for us, when there are questions too hard for human knowledge to answer and problems that take more time to solve than any of us have, will we be too proud to admit that we have made a mistake in wanting to carry this world alone?
The wisdom of Proverbs 3:5-6 speaks to this very issue. Solomon tells us:
-Trust in the Lord – He holds past, present and future.
-Lean not on your own understanding – The world’s wisdom is usually a trend.
-Acknowledge Him in all your ways – He’s already aware and waiting to help.
-He will make your paths straight – He’s already done the hard work. Follow Him!
Solomon tells us of the One who willingly carries the weight of the world. Trust Him!