Daily Devotion for July 3, 2017

'Happy Dependence Day!'

They all depend on You to give them food as they need it.
The Lord is good to those who depend on Him, to those who search for Him.

Hosea 12:6

So now, come back to your God. Act with love and justice, and always depend on Him.

As I considered Independence Day this morning—the day our country declared its independence—that word “independence” made me laugh out loud. I laughed because I am in no way independent...

Whether people realize their need for the Lord or not, the simple truth is this: no one is independent: “ALLdepend on (God) to give them food,” to sustain them, and to give them life. Although the world at large doesn't recognize this (and often they flat out reject this notion!), we Believers sometimes fail to acknowledge this as well. Specifically, we act like unbelievers every time we act independently of the Lord (giving no thought to Him and His Word as we make our plans, giving no thought to the One on whom our faith depends from start to finish, forgetting to pray to and spend time with the One who gave us His Son so we could have forgiveness and everlasting life...). 

We Believers—we are to be DEPENDENT upon the Lord. We are to depend on His grace and His Word...and not on our own human wisdom. We are to conduct ourselves in this world as those DEPENDING on and TRUSTING in Him. Moreover, we to always live for the Lord and for His purposes, depending “on Christ's mighty power that works within” us as we do this (Colossians 1:29)...

My prayer today is that we Believers take some time out from our Independence Day preparations to humbly celebrate our DEPENDENCE—our daily dependence on the Lord, on His Word, and on His wonderful Son: 

“Those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord...They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future.
They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land.

But BLESSED are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence!

They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit” (Jeremiah 17:5-8).

Happy Dependence Day, children of the King! I pray we daily celebrate our dependence on Him more and more, every day...


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