The Measure of All Things

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

With an influence still felt today, Protagoras argued that all knowledge was subjective. That there was no such thing as objective truth. This important Greek philosopher lived in the 5th century BC, and his ideas became influential in the development of Western civilization.

He taught that nothing was absolutely good or bad, true or false, and that each person was the final authority for his beliefs. He summed up this philosophy by saying, “Man is the measure of all things.”

This philosophy has captured many minds throughout history. In fact, many people today assume that they can “measure” life based on their own, subjective standards, and make themselves the “measure of all things.”

The Bible presents a completely different perspective. In fact, we are warned that we are “cursed” if we trust in other people. It reminds us that all of us are flawed. Even the “best” and most intelligent people. Even great philosophers like Protagoras.

The fact is that “our knowledge is partial and incomplete” (1 Corinthians 13:9). We may think we have the wisdom and understanding we need, but, in fact, our hearts are “deceitful above all things” (Jeremiah 17:9-10).

The psalmist realized that, ultimately, other people would fall short, but he could depend on God. It was God who saved him from death. When he faced trouble and difficulty, he knew that he could depend on Him, and could cry out to Him.

Today, in whatever situation you face, remember that you can trust God. You may make mistakes. Others may fall short and disappoint you. But you can depend on Him! Make Him the measure of all things in your life!