Dependence on God; January 10, 2020

John 5:19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”

I am frequently reminded that apart from Christ I can do nothing, (John 15:5) but I don’t often think about the fact that even Jesus could do nothing except what He saw the Father doing. We have a lot to learn about the Trinity! This awareness in Jesus obviously affected everything He did, all the way to His prayer in Gethsemane. (Mark 14:36) We tend to operate in the illusion of independence, when we all exist only by the grace and mercy of God. That God has indeed given us free will is one of the greatest mysteries and miracles of the universe. That’s why it’s absurd to the point of being laughable when we rebel against God (and we all do that at times). Any parent who has raised small children has experienced the child wanting to do things that are far beyond them, but with a little discreet assistance from the parent, those things get done. The child will often enough crow about them as though they were personal accomplishments, when actually they were done by the parent for the most part. We are very much like that with Father God, but most of the time we don’t even realize it. We would do well to realize that if even Jesus couldn’t do anything on His own, we are far more helpless without His power and grace operating through us.

This is of great importance to me, because so few things in life have seemed terribly difficult (other than sports-related things). I have taken for granted the gifts God has given me in words, music, and various other things, and too often forgotten that those things don’t originate in me. It’s not just that He’s smart and I’m not, (as He had to speak to me personally before I could really grasp it) it’s that He is the source of everything good. (James 1:17) We are indeed created in His image, (Genesis 1:27) which means we have the potential for creativity of our own, but we must remember that it all stems from the Father of Lights. When it all comes from Him, then I’ve got to be careful that it’s all directed back to Him, accomplishing that for which He intended it and giving glory to Him.

Father, thank You for this reminder. It’s interesting that I still need such reminders! Help me indeed operate in all that You have spoken to me, through Your Word and otherwise, so that I may be Your agent indeed, doing Your will on Your schedule for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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