Wherever it is found, self-sufficiency is man’s supreme folly. When Christians attempt to go in their own wisdom and strength this is, in fact, a denial of their faith.
The world is full of people who are groping, longing, hungry, and anxious for something which they have never found but the need for which is a gnawing reality.
Basic to this is the completeness of man’s need. In no vital area is man sufficient in himself. He needs strength, wisdom, guidance, help, and victory which he can never supply from his own resources. “For without me ye can do nothing,” is always valid.
It is because of this that men and nations find themselves adrift today—with weakness instead of strength, foolishness instead of wisdom, groping instead of guidance, helplessness where help is desperately needed, and defeat instead of victory.
In God’s wisdom the dilemma of man is met only as he realizes the completeness of his need. Where pride intervenes, the door is closed. Where there is ignorance, this ignorance must be dispelled by the truth of the Gospel. Where there is unbelief, this must be supplanted by faith.
The more a Christian matures, the more he understands the completeness of his own need. This is revealed by the Holy Spirit, creating a dependence which God honors in the fulfilling of his promises.
This has been experienced by many Christians to the end that peace came to their hearts in a new way while at the same time God revealed the completeness of his faithfulness.
There are times when we are overwhelmed by the multiplicity of issues which defy solution. Personal problems become baffling in their complications; loved ones are confronted with adverse developments; friends become prey to the devices of Satan; the world in which we live ...1
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