In the world but not of it

November 8, 2010

The in-crowd…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

Peter was the ringleader and everyone wanted to be part of his gang. He was known as a tough kid and anyone who was accepted into his group had the assurance that they would be protected. Peter and his gang were my classmates in school when I was young.

You probably have similar childhood stories or know someone who does. We all want to be aligned with someone who is smarter, richer, tougher, and more successful than us.

People that have leadership roles in life tend to be viewed as “untouchable” and many want to be part of their inner circle believing that they somehow have some form of security. Let’s be honest, we like it when we are invited over someone’s home or into their group, especially if they are more important or successful than us in the eyes of the world.

It is not wrong to respect people who have a particular position or prominence in life but the challenge comes when we place too much attention on them. The most that we can ever get from others, even with the best of intentions, is a false sense of security.

This is not to say that people are not reliable or trustworthy, in fact I’m sure you have several people in your life that you would trust implicitly. I have some also but there is no substitute for God.

The problem is that we run to Him only when there tends to be a problem. Only the Lord knows us completely. Only the Lord knows every whim, every thought and intent. Only the Lord can provide true protection and provision.

Some spend too much energy surrounding themselves with people but as the Psalmist put it “Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone. (Psalm 33:22)

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