Is Self-sufficiency Your Strength?
To be self-sufficient is to not require outside aid, support, or interaction for survival. It is a primary intent of much of today’s Western culture. A Google search for “self-sufficient” produced 13.7 million matches. Self-sufficiency is truly a big deal—and unfortunately, a prideful goal that produces a false sense of security.
Consider what the prophet Habakkuk said in referencing the Babylonians. He said that their “own strength is their god.”Should we expect that our self-sufficiency will save us? Click To Tweet
Although we are far removed from the Babylonians in both time and culture, I suspect that our desire to be self-sufficient is not much different from this ancient empire’s self-reliance.
As we become more self-sufficient, we rely more and more on ourselves and less and less on others—including God. We begin to take pride in our own skills, abilities, and independence. These become our strengths…and effectively, our god.
As for the Babylonians, their “god” of strength was insufficient to save them. Habakkuk later prophesizes Babylonia’s destruction, which history confirms.
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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.