A sign hangs at the entrance of Auschwitz “Those who forget history are destined to repeat it.” So very true but not new. In fact, we’ve been repeating history since history began.
From Genesis 3:4-6, “But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.”
Adam & Eve led the way for the “I’ve got this” attitude. We admire and praise those who claim, “I’ve got this.” They rise to the top, take the reins, and deal with situations. But, it’s not always the smart move. How did this work for Adam & Eve? “Sure, God said not to eat of that one tree, but I got this. Sure, he said we’ll die, but I got this. It looks good. I want the knowledge of good and evil. Yea, I got this.” Yes, Adam and Eve, you got it.
Let’s not be too critical. We do the same. A financial need comes up, so before we pray, we think, “I’ve got this.” Someone at work presses our button every time. Instead of relying on the Holy Spirit for self- control, “I’ve got this.” A marriage is on the rocks but rather than seek godly counsel from a fellow Christ follower at church, “We’ve got this.” Kids in rebellion, but “I’ve got this.” Experienced a loss, yet “I’ve got this.” Feeling spiritually dry, and “I’ve got this.”
We keep repeating the history from Eden. No, we don’t have this. Scriptures need to be applied, the Holy Spirit should be sought, the church family can be contacted, prayers need to be said, and faith needs to grow. To stubbornly rely upon our own selves just repeats the same old cycle. While many are willing to help others, these same people pridefully refuse to ask for help…not even for prayer.
A biblical community is, well, a community. Christ followers are not meant to be lone rangers. It’s ok not to have it together. None of us really do. Refuse to repeat history. Do what you would like other people to do in times of need or crises. You don’t have this, but the resources are there.