1996-10-11 -Self-Sufficiency vs. God's Sufficiency
In our world, particularly in America, we put much stock in people being "self-sufficient." Sometimes the phrase "self-made" is used to describe someone who has "arrived" in the world's eyes, without any discernible help from others. And conscientious, hard work is wonderful; we should be striving for excellence, giving our best efforts. This is Scriptural. But truly, all the gifts that enable people to achieve things, are from God.
1 Cor 15:10 (NIV) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
And all the power is from Him. We need to remember that, in regard to dependence, as well as giving credit.
1 Cor 2:5 (NIV) so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.
If you are like me, you tend to depend on yourself -- your strength, your wisdom, your resourcefulness. Sometimes I have to get to a point where I have no choice but to turn to God, before I realize that I need to depend on Him more than on myself. It is those times when we seem to have nowhere else to turn -- sometimes we are literally desperate, before we put our dependence on Him. Why not join me in trying to break this pattern. Let's remember that we should always depend on Him first, that all our resources come from Him, and that we should give Him glory for things. And you know what? When we depend on HIM and not ourselves, we find that it's a more relaxing, less worrisome way to live anyway!
Prov 3:5-6 (NIV) Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Dear Lord, forgive us when we lean on ourselves instead of You. Help us to remember that You are the source of all good, that You are the one who deserves the glory. In Jesus' name, amen.
: ) Jan