Everybody believes in something. There are any number of gods with little g’s, as well as any number of wrong names used for God Himself. The list really goes on too much to try to name them all, but there is one with which we’re all familiar. It’s that much raved about god of self.
A man said recently that he didn’t believe in heroes. He only believed in himself. There really isn’t anything wrong with having a hero or mentor in life; we have those we naturally look up to, but, of course, we shouldn’t worship them. On the other hand, trusting ourselves too much isn’t a good idea either.
"Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God." (Psalms 20:7)
When left on our own, we tend to make bad choices. We run after what we think of as "fun," and never slow down long enough to consider the consequences. Our natural tendency is to choose the glitz and glam of life, not the straight and narrow.
In Philippians 2:13, it says, "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."
So, if it’s God that works in us to do good, who is working in us when we we’re not doing good?
The answer to that would be you and me. That’s where trusting in ourselves will lead us – into all things not good.
There have been many books written about trusting in ourselves, following our own hearts, having faith in faith itself. But anything that leads us away from God, even if it’s our own selves, is something that, to put it simply, leads us away from God. And that is a scary thought.
"Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah." (Psalms 62:8)