“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city” (Prov. 16:32).
If you can control yourself, or rule your spirit as the proverb says, you’re better than a mighty warrior. In other words, it’s easier to control yourself than to capture a city militarily. My biggest problem isn’t global warming (or climate change or whatever it’s called these days) or guns or poverty or human trafficking or caffeine or genetically modified food or leftists or the inability of the Trail Blazers to win a playoff series. All of those things are outside of me. The real problem is inside.
My biggest problem is me. One of the benefits of religious education and training (at least in the Judeo-Christian tradition) is that our real enemy is properly identified – ourselves. Secular education and training will always look outside for enemies – never inside.
My biggest problem is me – my sin and my bent to do what I want and not what God wants. G.K. Chesterton had a provocative answer to the question, “What’s the problem with the world today?’ He said, “I am.” If that question was asked of me, I’d give the very same answer.
The answer to my biggest problem and yours isn’t inside – it’s outside of us. It’s Jesus Christ and His ability to change us from the inside out.