When Paul wrote, “God be thanked,” he didn’t say “your methods be thanked,” “your inner child be thanked,” or “your therapist be thanked.” He said, “God be thanked.” He didn’t say “my preaching be thanked,” “my counseling be thanked,” or “the church be thanked.” He said, “God be thanked.” Every counselor needs to return to this truth. Every psychologist and psychiatrist needs to face this reality. Every seeker of truth needs to bow before this fact. It is not theory, technique, methodology, or philosophy that changes people; it is God and God alone! “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure: (Phil. 2:13). It is God and God alone who can change the heart of a human being. “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will” (Prov. 21:1).
Paul was amazed that some lose sight of their initial focus. “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel” (Gal. 1:6). He challenged his converts to remember that the source of lasting victory is the same as the source for initial victory: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6). He questioned their wisdom in beginning well with Christ, then attempting to continue well without Him: “Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:3).
Spiritual leaders share his bewilderment. Why do so many people find hope and help in the church for salvation and then look outside the church for ultimate change? Why do they welcome the Word of God for the truth needed to turn from sin but look to man’s wisdom in psychology to keep from sinning? Why do they see the church pastor as wise enough to lead the lost from sin but not wise enough to help them live above sin? What does it say about our focus when we begin the Christian life in the Spirit and seek to continue in the flesh? Are modern Christians so sophisticated that we have outgrown the simplicity of Christ?
Where are you looking for help, dear reader? If it is in anything or anyone but God, you will be disappointed. On the other hand, everything you desire is found in Him. What do you need? Acceptance? You are “accepted in the beloved” (Eph. 1:6). Completeness? You are “complete in him” (Col. 2:10). Sufficiency? “Our sufficiency is of God” (II Cor. 3:5). Despite the teaching of the world, Christ really is all you need.
What a weight that takes off our shoulders as we seek to strengthen our home. Relying on our own strength, we will fail. But in Christ, we have everything we need to succeed. He is the answer!