Dependence. It is one of those things we all hate to admit that we have. The world says that it signifies weakness or an inability to care for oneself, but in secret we all find security in something other than ourselves. Whether it be the affirmation we receive from another “like” on our post or a relationship that makes us feel uplifted, we are all dependent on something or someone, to some capacity. It is no question that we were created with a natural instinct for dependency, however, the question in point is ‘what or whom are we dependent upon?’
Brother or sister in Christ, if you are reading this in a time where you are feeling like God cannot satisfy you, allow me to encourage you by first saying you are not alone in feeling this way. This certainly does not make you a fire-breathing heathen that is going to hell (completely dramatic, I know). We all come to a place in our walk with God where we start to question, or maybe even doubt, the goodness of God. My advice to you is to put life on hold for a second. Breathe. Find a quiet area. Allow yourself to start to notice all the small things you have, then move to the medium things, and then the big things. That may be your family, your friends, or what-have you. Realize that all of these “things” are sweet gifts from God himself!
So now think of what your life would look like if you were to be stripped of all of these things. Would you be utterly lost? Where would go, or what would you do? More importantly, what would your relationship with God look like? Let me caution you in saying that if you find value in the things of this world you will become disappointed in the results of life. I am saying this only because I have found it to be true for myself.
The minute I became dependent on people and things to fulfill my heart was the very same minute that my relationship with God became more like Aladdin and the magic genie lamp. I noticed that I made God, the almighty God, convenient. I was not trusting Him with my heart because I was afraid that I would have to give up the things of this world that made me feel comfortable. It is easy to depend on God when we have everything we want, but as soon as something does not go our way we all too easily blame Him for leaving us or withholding His best from us.
If you find yourself in this place, read Isaiah 46:3-4 which says,
“Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb, even to your old age I am He, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made and I will bear, I will carry and will save” (ESV).
Know that God knew you and cherished before you were born. He delights in having made you, in bearing you, carrying you, and in saving you. Wherever you are today, truly ask yourself, “Is God enough?” Whatever your answer may be, always remember that His goodness far outweighs anything that this world will ever offer us. Period.
As we were created to be dependent we must then put our dependence on the one who created us.
Valuing and understanding this changes everything about how we view dependency in our world today. When the world says it is a sign of weakness, we have the ability to say that it is an opportunity for us to be fulfilled entirely by God, and God alone. For He is enough.