[CF Devotionals] 2009-11-22 - Dependence vs Independence

The Ten Commandments, Part 5

Monotheism Continued

Dependence vs. Independence

What are some of God’s properties that make Him praiseworthy? He is to be highly esteemed above all. His attributes include His justice, love, mercy, righteousness, patience, etc. He, in His love, was willing to take on human form, and to come down here to die for each of us individually. If we truly understand these factors, and apply them to ourselves, then we will certainly put the Lord first, and will be in no danger of violating the first commandment.

Now it would seem if we (first) know God, and (second) acknowledge who He is, if we worship Him and put Him before all others, then one would hope there would be certain effects in the quality of our walk.

One quality we have been discussing a great deal is dependency on Him. So much of modern life is focused on making us independent. Men are taught it is macho to “pull one up by one’s bootstraps.” Women are taught the day has come when they should depend on no one but themselves. Where the need for dependence is recognized, it is often filled with “religion,” philosophy, drugs, escapism - everything but what is truly needed - the Lord. But for us, as believers, we must learn to be truly dependent on the Lord.

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:31-34).

Series to be continued.

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