‘They sweep past like the wind and are gone. But they are deeply guilty, for their strength is their god.'” Habakkuk 1:11
Money, work, success, sex, and positions of power. These are a few of the things Christians associate with as being chief rivals to God. They definitely are, but what about a person’s strength? This aspect of idolatry kind of gets swept under the rug. We never really talk about how our sole reliance upon our on own strength creates an additional god in our lives.
The problem with relying solely on our own strength is that we lose our sense of dependence upon God. We forget the fact that God gives us our power to be successful. We begin to see ourselves as powerful enough, smart, enough, or creative enough. The result is that we become proud and forget the Lord. Once we forget about God then our efforts in life become all about self glory. As Christians, though, our goal is the complete opposite.
Our lives are supposed to act as salt and light drawing people to God. We are supposed to show people the Lord by bringing glory to Him and Him alone. And the biggest way we bring glory to God is by living in faith and trusting the one true God.
So, we all have a hard decision to make each day: choose pride and our own strength or choose dependence and faithfulness. Personally, I hope that with each additional day I learn to lean more on dependence and faithfulness to God as I choke out pride and self-glory.
‘Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.'” Habakkuk 2:4