In the final introductory chapter, Crabb first emphasizes a caution in approaching an inside-look at ourselves, and then introduces the true nature of our condition as fallen humans living in a fallen world.
Crabb’s caution is to not simply rely on either of two choices we face as sincere, struggling Christians – that is, to ignore what’s going on inside of us and keep on “trying” to be better Christians, or to take an inside look merely guided by psychological theory. He emphasizes that we are must frame our introspection within a Biblical context; that is, that we need to understand the nature of fallen man so that we can fully understand – and put into appropriate context – the things we discover about ourselves as we take our inside look.
One thing I find comforting about this approach is that I discovered that on the inside –we’re all basically the same. Unfortunately, we’re all broken, hopelessly depraved, and pretty much clueless on how to fix anything.
Crabb cites Jeremiah 2:13, “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” He derives two truths from this passage: that we are all thirsty, and that we are all moving in wrong directions in response to this thirst?
“Now no one seeks after God in an effort to find life. The most natural thing for us to do is to develop strategies for finding life that reflect our commitment to depending on our own resources. Simple trust is out of fashion. Self-protection has become the norm.”
Simply put, we have deep longings and wrong strategies.
How has this presented itself in your life? Can you think of ways that you have recognized your thirst? What are some of your deep longings? How have you tried to satisfy your longings? What wrong strategies have you tried over the years?