“Look what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God.” Psalms 52:7 (NLT)
One of the reasons we don’t trust God is because, to be honest, we don’t need to. We can accomplish a whole lot using our own strengths, our own abilities, our natural gifts.
But there are problems with that.
Self-reliance brings pride which leads to destruction.
Self-reliance also brings stress. There’s a tension that naturally creeps in when the results are primarily up to me.
And self-reliance brings limits. The limits that are intrinsic to who I am. The extent of my abilities defines the extent of my accomplishment—even if I’m trying to accomplish it for God.
But God-reliance is different. God-reliance leads to fulfillment not destruction.
It produces peace, not tension.
And if I’m relying on God, there are no limits to the results, because God has no limits.
That’s what happens to “mighty warriors who do not trust in God.” We never do great things with God because we can do pretty good things without Him.
Maybe that’s why it’s been called “the Curse of Competence.”