“So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish: Whose hope shall be cut off. And whose trust shall be a spider’s web. He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.” (Job 8:13-15 KJV)
Do you rely on crutches to get around? Some folks say Christians do. They claim our faith, our belief, our trust in Jesus Christ is just our way of crutching and hobbling weakly through life. Christians are weak-minded and cannot think for themselves. Christians are weak-willed and cannot stand on their own two feet.
Are Christians weak-minded lobotomy brains, or do we just have a different “mindset” than the self-proclaimed “strong-minded”? The Apostle Paul speaks to this in his letter to the Romans: “For those who live according to the flesh set their mind on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Rom 8: 5-6)
Sadly, many people in this fallen world live with a mindset that “only the strong survive” and “life is a jungle” where the strong take and the weak get taken. Their mindset is on getting. Even when in a position to give they only do so to get something in return. Christians are not to think this way. We are to exchange our once futile minds and take upon us His mind. (Eph 4:17-24) Our minds are to be set on giving our very lives to God. He will then give provision, peace, and the proclamation of the Gospel to this “lost in the jungle” world through us.
Are Christians weak-willed spaghetti bodies, or do we just have a different kind of crutch than the self-proclaimed strong-willed? The Apostle Peter speaks to this in his letter to the Church: “(We) no longer should live the rest of (our) time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles – when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you.” (I Pet 4:2-4)
Tragically, many people in this fallen world live an “eat, drink, and be merry-go-round” existence. They lean on alcohol, drugs, sexual promiscuity and perversions, revelries, and idols made in numerous forms. That is hardly crutch free! They trust in spider web houses that will not stand, will not hold fast, and shall not endure. Christians are not to live this way. We’re to exchange our once self-gratifying wills and take upon us His will. Our crutch is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, and He will always stand, continually hold fast, and forever endure.
We all, every one of us, believer and unbeliever, have someone or something we lean on in this life. Someone or something we trust to get us through each day. Unfortunately, for the unbeliever, again and again, it is spider webs. But as for the believer, we need to lean on and trust only in “… Jesus Christ and Him crucified…that (our) faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (1 Cor 2:2b, 5 KJV)