Saturday, April 18, 2009

Devotional: The Myth of Self Discovery

The Myth of Self Discovery

By Marsha Iddings

Proverbs 18:2   A  fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

Many false religions abound that teach one that they must "find themselves" or search for the "inner child" or the "child within".  They teach that looking out for number one is most important or to find inner peace you must sit in the lotus position and contemplate your naval.

Judging from the proverb above, these must have been some of the same teachings going around during the time of Solomon. He says the fool doesn't delight in understanding but that his heart may discover itself.  Self-discovery.  It's the religion of self-worship and finding peace from within. 

They don't realize that " The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding."(Pro 9:10 ) Rather than starting with self-discovery to find peace, they need to start with the Lord. Once a person has understanding of the holy, they will discover who they are in relation to Holy God and will find peace in total surrender to Him. "Peace" found in any other way will be temporary at best, damning at worst.

 "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."( Pro 16:25)

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