What’s your anchor when it comes to spiritual truth and strength?|
Posted 8/23/2012 Updated 8/23/2012
Commentary by Chaplain (Maj.) Dwight Croy
JBER operations/mobilization chaplain
8/23/2012 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Where do you get your spiritual strength?
If you are human like me, you have run down many a "rabbit hole" or "wild goose trail" that did not produce anything of eternal substance concerning the spiritual life.
A lot of people mix emotion, sincerity, and good feelings together and call that "spiritual."
If these were the items that addressed my spirit, I would be "good to go."
But the hard truth is that a "warm fuzzy" or a "tingly feeling" does not go far to fill our spiritual void.
We want spiritual truth to come from an authority who is an originator of spiritual realities. You cannot define a spiritual reality without knowing the originator of spiritual things.
So now we come to faith, which is a dependence on a supreme authority. This authority, for most, is called "God."
There is "the rub" for most people interested in spiritual things.
Do you want to be spiritual with an authority or without an authority?
In my expert opinion, you cannot go far with anything in all of creation without a defining authority for that which you want to be strong.
There are many people who desire to be spiritual who do so without any defining authority.
This is much like walking through a London fog without a street below your feet and a sky above.
Without an authority for your spiritual life, you are left to your own definition.
Those who define the spiritual with an authority line of a personal God are equally broken as those who do not choose an authority.
The difference is that they seek out God's consistent definition and declarations that do not change, move or shift in integrity.
I love reading the "Chicken Noodle Soup" series or a good biography of someone great.
It warms my heart, gives me good feelings, inspires me, and often gives me perspective.
But quotes, quips, humor, and dead guys and gals can only be faint shadows of spiritual truth.
They are not authorities for my spiritual life.
If we are to grow and become strong spiritually, we must listen to an absolute God who is "spirit and truth."
Out of the words of a spiritual being, creation was spoken into existence.
That very being tells us where to find spiritual strength.
As a chaplain, that is where I draw my strength.
"All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever." (Isaiah and 1 Peter)
Grow strong in your spiritual life by rooting it in the source of spiritual strength.
Be strong by depending on God and His word and then He will follow through with His promise to "make your path straight."