You know I think we as believers have a ‘reliance’ problem with what’s going on in the world today. No problem relying what’s in our bank account or the latest news report that the sky is falling but how much do we really rely on God? I think when we want a ‘quick fix’ to our problems only to find ourselves even more disappointed in ourselves, even more hopeless, slipping further away from what God originally intended us to be. But that’s not the way it was suppose to work. Reliance on God is made up of a few factors- faith, grace, and trust. That’s hard for us to do sometimes. We have to rely on God for our next meal , next paycheck, and all our needs. With faith we have to have assurance that God is in control not us. Faith is the substance of things hoped for but not seen. Grace is the second factor- learning that when we slip up or fall that God is there to pick ourselves us and it’s only by what he did over 2000 years ago that even lets us go to his throne. And lastly Trust- Trust is leaning on our Father to hold us together and keep us from falling even if we don’t believe or see it.
When we try to carve out something in the flesh that wasn’t originally God’s intended purpose and really for ourselves we are doing God a disservice by not letting him be God. God wants us to help him he wants us to RELY on him. If we could do everything ourselves why would we need God in the first place? I think a great story of reliance is on 1 Kings 17 with the story of Elijah and being cared for by a brook and the Ravens that brought him food. Once that dried up he had to go elsewhere for his reliance for God. And that’s what happens with a lot of what goes on in our lives- the brook dries up and the Ravens stop going and we go into panic mode not really trusting God. I’ve done it myself too and I have to remind myself that being an Army Chaplain you have to be calm and cool at some of the most steepest times and you have to offer a comforting and reassuring presence that God is there and he is there with you. But not just for Chaplains but this goes with everyone else. God is right there with us and he is calm, and assured sitting on his throne, already knowing what’s ahead. Be confident that God is walking in providence for us- he’s working upstream even if we can’t see where the stream will lead.
Here are some awesome verses throughout scripture that I have highlighted that speak of the value of our reliance on God and not ourselves or the circumstances around us:
TO RELY ON GOD:
7 “At that time Hanani the seer came to King Asa and told him, “Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in the Lord your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram. 8 Don’t you remember what happened to the Ethiopians[a] and Libyans and their vast army, with all of their chariots and charioteers?[ At that time you relied on the Lord, and he handed them over to you. 9 The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.”
2 Chronicles 16: 7-9
18 But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.” Psalm 33: 18
8 “Is this the one who relies on the Lord? Then let the Lord save him! If the Lord loves him so much, let the Lord rescue him!” Psalm 22: 8
8 We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters,[a] about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. 9 In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. 10 And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.”
2 Corinthians 1: 8-10