Have you ever realized just how dependent we are on God? America is all about independence and “pulling yourself up by the bootstraps.” We celebrate strength and encourage perseverance. This is all well and good…except that it can get us thinking a little too highly of ourselves. I mean, think about allll the stuff we have no control over.

Each breath,

Each step,

Each heartbeat,

Each moment of each day…

God holds us.

We really don’t have all that much power—we can’t even control our breathing or make sure our heart continues to pump blood throughout our body or make sure our eyes work correctly or make sure our stomach is digesting or make sure our esophagus is chuggin’ along…I get tired just thinking of all these things!

We can’t control most of life. So should we freak out? Should we run around like crazy people, yanking control away from each other and hoarding as much as possible? Nope. See, we don’t have much control…but that’s good, because the One who does have control is trustworthy and faithful. He protects us even when we aren’t aware of the danger, and he rescued us from the ultimate danger by sending his one and only Son to die a brutal death in our place.

He controls every breath, step, and moment. Each heartbeat is at his command. And you better believe he’s working in everything—even the things we do have some measure of control in—for his glory and your good (Romans 8:28).

Because of that, we can live in peace and joy instead of trepidation and doubt.

Philippians 1:6 encourages us to live in a state of confidence, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

God began the work. God will see it through. So today, let’s not attempt to hold everything. Let’s leave the control in God’s hands (where it’s been all along), and enjoy the Saturday he’s blessed us with, glorifying him and enjoying his presence each moment along the way.


Dependent — 3 Comments

  1. I know that I keep being the weird friend that comments on everything, but this was exactly what I needed. God spoke through this blog. My heart is overwhelmed with joy. Thank you! xoxo

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