Part 1 of the book established why we need to live with a Biblical worldview. Part 2, beginning in chapter 5, seeks to establish the threefold foundation of that worldview: 1) a radical change in our understanding of our core identity, 2) a shift in focus to our thinking rather than our behavior, and 3) a gradual learning of how to process daily life through the Word of God.
Chapter 5 refreshes us on the importance of our choices, as discussed in chapter 4, and then proceeds to couch the question in terms of our basic needs as human beings:
- Love, acceptance, belonging
- Safety and security
Because we have been made by God in his image, we are designed to find all of these needs met perfectly and fully only in Him. Nothing and no one else will ultimately satisfy — by design!
However, our enemy offers us options that appear to meet each of these needs apart from God. Tragically, albeit predictably, following these “God”-less options leads to the exact opposite of what we were after to begin with. So, instead of love and acceptance, we experience rejection; instead of significance, we find only failure, shame, and guilt; instead of safety and security, we instead experience insecurity and fear.
Before each of us are laid out two banquet tables, one with God at its head and the other with Satan (or ourselves!) in the seat of honor. God’s table is laden with all of our most favorite (healthy!) foods, and dining at it is certain to leave us nourished and satisfied. The enemy’s table, by contrast, has some extremely enticing items on it (even though we know they’re all junk and no good for us), but dining there will not only result in a terrible bellyache, but, as this table cannot ever hope to nourish us, will ultimately and inevitably lead, if relied on exclusively, to death.
Hence, the ultimatum of chapter 4 returns: To whom will we turn when we are in need? To which table will we run for satisfaction?
If, by this point, you, like me, are most definitely convinced that God’s table is the one to choose, and yet you find that choice is not always (or even usually) an easy one to make, regardless of how much sense it makes intellectually, then please stick around for chapter 6, where the author begins to lay out the vital, and often overlooked, “how”!