Note that I took the “in” from “independence.” In our wildly independent culture, we forget the value of truly, deeply, widely depending on God.
Consider this verse:
Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:5-9, ESV).
While we live in this beautifully free country, let’s not forget that it’s our dependence that makes God smile. It’s our trust in His provision and power that moves Him.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be that tree planted by the water. I want to have fruit. I want to depend on God for sustenance and growth and life. I needed Jesus to renew my desperately despicable heart. I’m so grateful He did. Anything beautiful that comes from me is His glorious fault.
Happy Dependence Day, friends!