God continuously teaches me that, “man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3). Life that flourishes in the fullness of God’s will looks like this:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil” (Proverbs 3:5-7).
Each day, I must renew my focus on this relationship of dependence on the Author of life. “He himself gives life and breath to everything” (Acts 17:25). I too easily lose focus on this truth. My natural default mode is to trust in myself—my gifts, resources, etc…. But life has a way of reminding us that we cannot be in control—that we are dependent creatures.
At birth, my survival depended upon caring individuals mobilizing around me. Left to myself, I would have died. In old age, we often return to places of dependence. But between those markers, we desperately try to be in control. Let’s stop fooling ourselves! We must live in reality and choose to depend on God.
But I fully realize that I can only have this trusting relationship with God because He has given me His gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is my Savior, Mediator, Intercessor and Advocate with the Father; He is my faithful and merciful High Priest; the one who said: “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave” (Revelation 1:18).
Express these truths as you worship in song: