I hold this truth to be self-evident – that I was created by God, for God’s good pleasure.
And this one, too – that I desperately need Him.
I can’t even say that I am co-dependent upon Him – because He does not need me.
He can accomplish His purposes in a thousand ways that don’t involve me.
But this is my Declaration of Dependence.
I am completely, totally, thoroughly dependent.
Without reservation or any hint of caveat.
Everything I have is a gift from His good hand of grace.
The obvious stuff like stuff – my house, my car, my clothing, my money.
And the less tangible stuff – my time, my abilities, my freedom, laughter, friendships, family.
Not to mention the thousands of things I take for granted most of the time – the air in my lungs, my eyesight, the ability to walk, stand, and sit up on my own.
And the even-more-behind-the-scenes gifts like the automatic processes of my body that I rarely ponder until they are hindered – breathing, blinking, my heart beating, brain waves, nerves firing.
Every bit of that – and so much more – is a good gift from a good God.
And every bit of that is utterly dependent upon Him, whether I recognize that fact or not.
Paul put it this way. He said, “In Him we live and move and exist.” (Acts 17)
And that would be enough. As a good Creator, He has already given me so much.
But then He took it even farther.
And proved Himself to be Redeemer as well as Creator.
As my Creator, He has the right to destroy me because I do not function as He intended.
He created me to enjoy perfect fellowship with Him forever.
But I blow it.
And my sin separates me from Him because He is holy.
He could have wiped me off the map the very first time I disobeyed. It was (and is) His right.
But He did not.
Instead, He provided a way of redemption long before I knew Him.
At an enormous cost to Himself, He took the punishment for my sin and canceled the charges against me.
And that would be enough. As my Creator, He has endowed me with so many gifts. And as my Redeemer, He has restored our fellowship with one another.
But then He takes it even farther.
And proves Himself to be my very Source. The strength for every moment. The power to face every aspect of my life.
Peter says that “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.” (2 Peter 1) He didn’t just create me and then leave me to my own devices. And He didn’t just redeem me for the sake of redemption. He adds to that enormous generosity the day-in, day-out power I need. Everything I need to live for Him, He has supplied. Whether I feel like it or not. Whether I access it or not. Whether I want it or not. I have the Holy Spirit of the Living God living inside of me. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead at work in me. The Giver of Good gifts walking with me everywhere I go, going before me into every situation, willing to guide me in every thought, every word, every deed – if I will let Him.
Yes. I am completely and utterly dependent upon Him.
And, oh, what a blessing it is!
I don’t have to have all the answers. I know the One who does.
And I can trust Him with even the worst problems and stickiest situations.
Because He has promised to work them together for my good and His glory.
I don’t have to see all the resources at my disposal to know that He is going to provide for my needs.
I can trust Him to keep His word and to provide at the right time, in the right way – every single time.
So this is my Declaration of Dependence.
I need God.
I cannot live without Him.
And I do not want to do so.
Because He is good.
And everything He does is right.
I may not understand what He is doing.
But He has the long-view in mind.
And my best interest at heart.
I am His.
And He is mine.
So, may every day of my life be “Happy Dependence Day!”