Survival of the Fittest?

After reading Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, Herbert Spencer coined some phrases that are still familiar to us today such as “survival of the fittest” and “only the strong survive.” If we are to rely on such terms, we should believe weak animals and humans will die out eventually and the only ones left will be the strong adapted evolutionary superior.

One thing can be certain. Those who parrot these phrases in modern life enjoy the thought of superiority themselves. They like to think highly of themselves because it is much more comfortable than their true feelings about themselves. If they could lay down their pride and look into their heart with honesty, they would see they are suffering from low self-esteem. Beyond the psychology of it, let’s consider what the Bible has to say about this theory.

Unsurprisingly, God delights in turning these phrases on their head. Think about it. David, the young shepherd boy, defeats Goliath the giant. In Judges 7, Gideon gained victory against 120,000 warriors versus his 300 men! In 1 Samuel 14, the 600 Israelites gain victory over a massive army. There is one reason for these victories. These Biblical heroes trusted in God for victory instead of depending on their own strength to survive.

Ask yourself some questions today. Do you enjoy feeling superior? Deep inside, are you afraid you may not be “enough.” Can you admit you need God for victory? Will you trust God with your life?

Here is what the Bible says:

“He [God] gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” —Isaiah 40:29
“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”—1Corinthians 1:25
“…God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”—1Peter 5:5
“…And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new ” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.'”—Revelation 21:5


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