Allegiance to the things of this world can make a heart grow dim to the things of God. In fact, we can be so convinced by the gods of this age that we are in control that we completely leave God out of the equation. In case you think this is a new phenomenon consider this passage from Isaiah:
So God will start over with the simple basics
and address them in baby talk, one syllable at a time—
"Da, da, da, da,
blah, blah, blah, blah.
That’s a good little girl,
that’s a good little boy."
And like toddlers, they will get up and fall down,
get bruised and confused and lost.
14-15 Now listen to God‘s Message, you scoffers,
you who rule this people in Jerusalem.
You say, "We’ve taken out good life insurance.
We’ve hedged all our bets, covered all our bases.
No disaster can touch us. We’ve thought of everything.
We’re advised by the experts. We’re set." Isaiah 29:13-15 (MSG)
Many of us are just like the children of Israel. We reject the simplicity of the gospel and figure that if we do everything that is in our power to do, we will have covered all the bases to living this life. Notice what God’s reply is:
But the Master, God, has something to say to this:
"Watch closely. I’m laying a foundation in Zion,
a solid granite foundation, squared and true.
And this is the meaning of the stone:
a trusting life won’t topple.
I’ll make justice the measuring stick
and righteousness the plumb line for the building.
A hailstorm will knock down the shantytown of lies,
and a flash flood will wash out the rubble.
18-22 "Then you’ll see that your precious life insurance policy
wasn’t worth the paper it was written on.
Your careful precautions against death
were a pack of illusions and lies. Isaiah 28:16-18 (MSG)
When we fail to put our trust in God, we may just be left to the folly and chance of this life. Only with God can we be assured that HIs plan always has a back-up plan, and in His sixty-six books, He makes it so we can understand it, no baby talk.