Midday blog: Holy Neediness
A great read to start the week…….. 🙂
I used to be defensive about needing God. I’d push back on the language that described God or religion as a crutch. Certainly, I’d roll my eyes at Karl Marx’s famous words that “Religion is the opium of the people.”
Until last week, when I ran across that quote and thought, My word. Karl Marx is right!
Well, kinda, sorta.
Opium, of course, is dangerous stuff. It lures people in with promises of relieving pain, with mountain-top highs. But ultimately, opium leaves its users depleted, empty.
Nothing like God.
But here’s what Marx got right: opium leaves its users needy, desperate, looking everywhere for it.
Though God doesn’t promise pain relief or mountain-top highs—instead, he promises walking with us in our pain, in both valleys and mountains—and certainly doesn’t leave us haggard and depleted, truth be told: true intimacy with God does leave us needy, desperate, on the lookout for…
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