Thursday, February 28, 2008


As I have gone through this experiment, I have been trying to determine what most helps me and what most hinders me in my dependence on God. As I said last time, every situation has the potential to do either, we determine the outcome by the perspective from which we view the situation. What I have discovered, however, is that I am the least dependent on God when there is no "situation" to deal with, when life is just normal. I have no trouble depending on God when there is something big going on in my life that I need His help with. I know I am incapable of making it through those difficult times without Him, but for some reason I think I can make it through the easy times without Him. It isn't that I intentionally don't depend on Him; I don't wake up on a normal day and have the conscious thought, "God, I've got this one. I don't need you today." Much to the contrary, I tell Him that I know I need Him and I beg Him to remind me of that need throughout the day. All the same, as the day progresses, without fail, I forget. I forget that I need God. Even as I type that sentence I understand the ridiculousness of it. How can I forget that I need God? He is the Giver of life, more than that, He is the Life, He is my Father, my Best Friend, my King, my Lord, my Provider, my Strength, my Hope, my Salvation and on and on and on. He is everything to me, yet I forget that I need Him in the normalcy of life. I get so distracted by the things of this world (not even necessarily bad things, just things) that I forget that without Him I could not stand on my own two feet. How can I forget that?

God, I need You, and I need You to remind me that I need You. Don't let me forget all that You have done for me and all that You are to me. Remind me of my incapability to live life without You. Show me that I need You not only when life is hard, but also when life is easy. I am nothing without You; You are everything to me. Let me never forget that!!!

"Apart from me you can do NOTHING." John 15:5


Kristova said...

Too right F.R.O.G.G.E.R.! And that is why James tells us to count it all joy when we face trials of many kinds! We count it joy because we have the opportunity to make a choice for God and test our faith. However, when life isn’t throwing “situations” at us, we have to remember the lesson Elijah learned. God’s isn’t always in the big things, but sometimes he is in the still small whisper of the wind.

Anonymous said...

This has always been what hinders me the most. I struggle with too much dependance on myself, and not enough on Him. But I also forget how much I need Him the same as I constantly forget how much I need others too, even Bobby sometimes. It is a daily thing to remember how much I NEED. I loose sight of how desperatley I am incompetent on my own...truly pride is a terrible sin because it always blinds us!!! Thank u for your post. Melissa Smith

~silver lining~ said...

"God, I need You, and I need You to remind me that I need You." I love this phrase you put in your prayer because it is so true! We even need His help to focus on Him. Apart from Him, we can do nothing! Thanks for the reminder of needing to depend on God during "easy" times. You make great points!

Jenni said...

So true! That's one reason that we should see opportunities for Christ in EVERY situation. During the time of the Roman Empire, when Christianity was outlawed and Christians were being murdered and fed to lions, Christianity flourished, grew and spread across the known world. It was said, "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church." That's still true today.

The harder you have to fight for something, the more you will value it, because we only make big sacrifices for very important things.

Zack said...

God bless you in this experiment! I feel that way too many times. God bless us all to depend on Him all the time in our lives.