“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18, ESV
I am one of the most prideful people I know. I approach every situation as if I have something invaluable to offer, even when it comes to my relationship with Christ. So often when I pray I offer my own strengths to God as if they are my own. I live my life as if without him I am perfectly capable of doing nearly anything. I compartmentalize my spiritual life to fifteen minutes a day, then continue to carry on like God should not permeate every aspect of my life.
“for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” Galatians 3: 26-29, ESV
I hesitated to post something on modern racism in America because it seemed just too controversial. However, after pondering about how polarizing of a topic this can be, I thought it not only appropriate but necessary to speak to it. As Galatians says, we are all one in Christ Jesus. God made people different to help translate his imaginative genius, and this must be appreciated. This is an attempt to help reconcile and understand both viewpoints because we are commanded to love another by Jesus himself.
“But he answered, ‘It is written, man shall not live on bread alone, but every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Matthew 4:4, ESV
Surely we have all heard a statement such that God alone and what he says shall satisfy and give us life over anything of this world. In theory, this is logical and makes sense that reliance on God should, in any circumstance, outweigh reliance and hope in the world. However, the idea of the voice of God has always been an enigma to me. If you were to ask any Christian how the voice of God is manifested, there would be an enormously wide range of answers. I feel as if I am constantly searching a barren wasteland looking for the voice of God, and end up feeling utterly alone. So, what truly is the voice of God?