Dependence on God; June 3, 2020

Psalm 38:15 I wait for you, O Lord;
you will answer, O Lord my God.

Sometimes I think David had a spiritual advantage in not having the things we depend on, like modern medicine, so he was forced to depend on God. Not long before we came to Omura I heard a sermon that was very timely and very true. It was talking about how, when we hear testimonies about “All I could do was depend on God,” we think that person is to be pitied, when actually that’s a wonderful place to be! I frequently talk about how we can’t take even a single breath apart from the grace of God, and how Christ is the “cosmic glue” that astrophysicists speculate about that holds the universe together. (Colossians 1:17) However, saying such things doesn’t mean I’m always faithfully consistent in living out that truth! Human free will is one of the greatest miracles/mysteries of the universe, because our choices are real, yet God knows what we will do before we do it, and nothing can happen without His permission. If we had no free will, there would be no accountability, and thus no sin, because everything would be predetermined. There are some who take God’s foreknowledge that way, but they are sadly mistaken.

I delight in human accomplishments, and got a real thrill at the successful Space-X manned launch, but I’ve got to remember all the time that apart from Christ we can literally do nothing. (John 15:5) God has given me many abilities and He gives me many opportunities to use them, but I’ve got to do so with an awareness of Him, as a good steward, for His glory. God allows various failures of things I depend on to remind me of that fact. I had finished this morning’s devotions when my computer completely scrambled the file and I had to reclaim a backup copy, naturally missing what I had written this morning, so this is my second attempt. I’d say God wants to be sure I remember this! He has told me to rest, relax, and rejoice in Him, and I need to be obedient to do so, even when things I had depended on fall through. He alone is completely dependable!

Father, thank You for this reminder. It’s been a bit stressful and time consuming, but I think I have responded better than I would have in the past. Help me delight in my dependence on You, so that Your will may be done in and through me 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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