Depending on Jesus

What is it about human nature that we hate to be dependent on others? We don’t like to accept help, go to others for support, or reach out. We don’t want to be a burden.

This includes how we feel about God. We almost feel guilty when we have no other recourse but Him.

Have you ever considered that God wants us to live exactly that way? God wants us to depend wholly on Him.

The Father delights when his children come to Him. He desires our complete dependence. Just like a good daddy wants to take care of his children—and infinitely more so—God wants to take care of us.

He promises sufficiency. He’s ready and willing to meet every single need.

Why do you think God permits some of the situations he allows in our lives? So that we’ll look to Him. When everything goes smoothly, we believe in our own sufficiency. We might even forget to pray. Maybe we think we don’t need anything. But when something happens—sickness, financial need, and negative circumstances—we start praying more, opening our Bibles, and looking for answers. Sadly, that’s human nature. And, that’s why God allows some of our trials. He wants us to look to Him.

Let’s read some of the Scriptures about going to God with our needs.

  • The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him (Psalm 28:7).
  • Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55:22).
  • Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him (Psalm 103:13).
  • I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living (Psalm 142:5).
  • In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge (Proverbs 14:26).
  • For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall (Isaiah 25:4).
  • If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (Matthew 7:11)
  • But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
  • Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you (1 Peter 5:7).

Whatever your situation today, God cares. He wants you to go to Him with it. Whether you’re in prosperity or need, He craves a relationship with you.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

Merry Christmas!