Depend on Jesus

by Joanna Pierce on July 06, 2016

A few days ago, our Nation celebrated Independence Day. July 4, 1776 marks the day the Continental Congress declared the 13 American colonies as a new nation—the United States of America—which were no longer a part of the British Empire.

The American colonists wanted to break free from British rule and establish their own government. The United States eliminated ties with Britain and became independent.

Mankind has desired to establish independence as far back as creation. Eve looked at the fruit on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and desired to be equal with God (Genesis 3:5–6). She didn’t want to be inferior to God’s power and wisdom. We could even argue she didn’t want to be dependent on God’s knowledge, provision, and subject to His authority. She wanted her independence.

But, when Adam and Eve ate of the fruit they both soon realized their mistake (Genesis 3:7). Not only should they have been obedient to God’s instruction, but they quickly understood why God created man to be dependent on Him.

God punished man by sending him from the Garden of Eden—a place freely providing their every need. Man would now work by the sweat of his brow, and would fully understand the need to depend on God for clothing, food, and shelter (Genesis 3:17–19).

If we are living our lives today, trying with all of our abilities to maintain independence from anyone and everything, this is a very scary place to be. If we haven’t already experienced it, we will soon find ourselves in a situation where God will make us realize how much we need Him and need to be dependent on Him.

If we think we’re strong, God will make us weak. We will learn strength is made perfect in weakness (II Corinthians 12:9). If we think we’ve obtained everything in our life by our own hand, God will take it away. We will learn it is the Lord who gives and takes away (Job 1:21).

God will help us understand that He alone must be the supplier of our every need (Philippians 4:19). We must learn that without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5).

God never intended for us to do everything ourselves—to struggle, to work by the sweat of our brow, or to experience pain and loneliness. His intention was always for us to depend on Him, not to be independent.

God isn’t being unreasonable in His desire to make us understand how much we need Him. He wants to be a Father to us—to provide comfort, shelter, support, love, and everything else in between! Just as an earthy father would want his own children to realize that they cannot survive without his presence and provision, God wants us to have this same realization in our earthly existence and relationship with Him as well. We need to depend on Him!

If we find ourselves today operating in a silo of independence, it’s time to let our guards down, release control, and start searching for our Lord and Savior. We can cast our every care upon Him (I Peter 5:7) and start depending on Jesus every day and every hour.