A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD
Depending on God…
I am 100% convinced that everything that happens to us is not initiated by God. I am also 100% convinced that God can and does take what happens to us and create a greater good out of it. The apostle Paul writes, “God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6, CEV)
Today there is a great deal of emphasis placed on our independence/freedom and its cost in terms of human lives. People will go to great lengths even put their lives in jeopardy in their quest for independence/freedom. Yet in contrast to our need to be independent and free is God’s desire that we depend totally on him. God’s desire that we depend totally on him is aptly illustrated in Gideon’s army of 300 defeating an army of tens of thousands.
“The Lord said, “Gideon, your army is too big. I can’t let you win with this many soldiers. The Israelites would think that they had won the battle all by themselves and that I didn’t have anything to do with it… The Lord said, “Gideon, your army will be made up of everyone who lapped the water from their hands. Send the others home. I’m going to rescue Israel by helping you and your army of three hundred defeat the Midianites.” (Judges 7:2, 7 CEV)
Sure, there are times when it seems as if we don’t need God. For example if we break a bone we don’t need to go to God we can go to a doctor. We can even have a heart attack and not need God to help us survive it. Our need to depend on God doesn’t come from what we need to survive life; our need to depend on God comes from our need to live because to live is more than a beating heart and a functioning brain. To live is to see life not as something to endure but as something we draw hope, joy, love, and peace from. God doesn’t want us to give up our independence/freedom he simply wants us to place the outcome of our life in his hands because life does not come out of our world, life comes from God and eventually must return to God.
Please allow me to use myself as an example of what depending on God can and does mean to you. Yesterday I saw the doctor who is treating my Pulmonary Fibrosis which had caused my lung capacity to fall to a dangerous level. And because of “treatment” he’d prescribed my lung capacity increased to a not-so-dangerous level but since there is no cure it is out of God’s love and compassion I will continue to draw hope and peace for the life I’ve yet to live.
Depending on God does not always change what is happening to us but it DOES change us!
Believe it! Experience it!
Grace and PEACE!
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“Turn to the Lord! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6, CEV)
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Scripture marked CEV are taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.