PC-USA 1997-07-11 - Dependence on God, and Not Ourselves

Originally Published 1996-06-14

As some of you know, I have had the following passage impressed upon my heart recently: John 15:4-7 (NIV) Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.

I am one of those folks who tend to try to be too self-sufficient sometimes! I try to do things on my own strength, on my own timetable, without waiting on God, without "abiding" first. And I don't always give God the credit He is due, either!

As the above passage points out, we can NOT bear fruit without His help. Any good works we accomplish, any gifts or wisdom we use -- all these come from God. When we try to do things in our own strength, although sometimes God uses those efforts in spite of us, it's not as good as waiting on Him, trusting Him, depending on Him. As the Word points out:

Isa 55:8 (NIV) "For My thoughts are not Your thoughts, neither are Your ways My ways," declares the LORD.

I have had to learn, re-learn and re-learn that lesson of dependence on God, and I'm ashamed to say, that sometimes I have to be in a position where I have NO choice but to lean on God, before I grasp that again!

I hope you will join with me in praying that God will help us to remember always, to depend on Him, and to give Him thanks for all He does for and through us!

Have a good weekend!
: ) Jan