One of the great dangers in our spiritual life is getting to a place where we depend on our own strength instead of relying on God. There are so many instances throughout the Bible when God’s people stopped relying on Him and instead settled for an “easy” and safe life. You could even say at some points they preferred slavery in Egypt to the more God dependent choice of freedom. In every case, the decisions that are based on self reliance end in spiritual separation from God, and the choices to trust God end in some great spiritual victory.
In our personal lives and our life as a congregation, we have to constantly ask ourselves, “Are we depending on God?” If there were a gauge to find an answer to that question it would probably be an examination of our prayer life. It’s one thing to spend time in prayer interceding for others, or worshiping Him, or giving Him thanks, but it is something else entirely to pray out of need because we have placed ourselves in a position where we have no choice but to rely on Him. Sometimes we have to follow him to a place of risk and uncertainty to grow closer to Him.
I’m reminded of the process of adopting our daughter, Isabella. We entered into the decision to adopt with a lot of uncertainty. Could we afford it? How would it change our family? Could we handle the “issues” that an adopted child has? Didn’t we already have enough children and shouldn’t we be focusing our time and attention on them? I wish I could say that we totally relied on God through the process. Despite our best efforts to manage things ourselves, God ultimately led us through the challenges and our doubts to a place we couldn’t have imagined before. I guess that is the point. Our imagination is much smaller than God’s. When we depend on our own strength and ingenuity, we cut God’s leadership out of our lives and limit ourselves to a very small and meaningless existence. “The New Horizon” is just ahead, and with it we are facing many important decisions. There is only one really important choice though, the choice to rely and depend on God.
Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will
keep you on track. Prov. 3:5-6 (Message)