Countless self-help books—even so-called “Christian” ones—tout how to be successful, how to “win” at life. But in this passage, we find that the truly successful, winning Christian life is one that recognizes that it is wholly dependent on the power of God.
Another unfortunate event in the life of Israel teaches us that, like them, we often encounter a holy God and attempt to domesticate him according to our personal preferences or, when all else fails, attempt to ignore him. Both impulses lead to disaster.
500 years ago, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther lit the fuse of what would become known as the Reformation. Underlying that movement were five bedrock principles that we dare not forget. Often misunderstood is the doctrine of sola scriptura. From Psalm 19, Pastor Chris teaches that scripture is entirely sufficient for life and righteousness for every Christian.