Complete Dependence on God (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thy own understanding, and in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.
Faith isn’t faith as long as it’s holding onto a branch. One day, on a hiking trip, a man fell off the edge of a cliff and began the 800-foot drop to the bottom. He thought it was all over for him until he grabbed a tree branch which stopped his fall. Hanging on for dear life, he cried out for help, “Is anyone up there?” There was no response. The seconds turned into minutes. The branch was sagging beneath the hiker’s weight. The tree’s roots would only take so much more strain before they gave way. When it seemed the poor hiker couldn’t hold on any longer, he heard a voice: “I am God. Do you trust Me?” “Yes, Lord. I trust You. Can You help me, please?” God answered, “Yes, I will help you. But first, You must let go of the branch.” The hiker was silent for a moment. Then he shouted back, “Is anyone else up there?”
There is perhaps nothing more difficult than releasing our grip on a “branch”. The hardest part is not knowing how the landing will turn out. We’re so used to holding onto these manufactured securities in life: Relationships, jobs, families, friends, bank accounts, retirement savings, and even our plans for the future. But God can’t help us until we are willing to let go of these things and completely trust Him.
Each of us is clinging to a branch of one kind or another. Your branch might be your job, a relationship with a friend, the stock market, your health, credit score, or your home. All branches will eventually fail us, but His hand will never let us go. When we walk, we put one foot in front of another, leaning all of our weight on one leg for each step. That is dependency. When we admit our complete need for God, we are on the way to answered prayer. Today, God is asking you to let it go and trust Him. When we are trusting Him, we are in the safest of all places. You might not see how the landing will turn out, but God can. He has promised to keep you safe.
The reality is that everything we have and everything we do is a result of God’s grace, and if we are unwilling to admit that it is all Him and not us, we should not expect His help. All through history God has chosen and used nobodies because their unusual dependence on Him made possible the unique display of His power and grace. He chose and used somebodies only when they renounced dependence on their natural abilities and resources. The pride in each of our hearts delights in self-confidence and boasting and hates to admit our complete need for God.
Points to Ponder:
Put the faith you already have into action.
Determine that you will trust in the Lord, regardless of the circumstances that will come.
Questions to Consider:
Are you making every effort to trust the Lord in every area of your life?
What are some areas in your life your faith is lacking?
PRAYER: Father, Help me to trust You in everything! Help me in those times when I notice just how weak and insignificant my trust is! I welcome You into every facet of my life, Lord, so that no matter where I am and what I am doing, behind it all I am trusting You in everything. For You alone are worthy of my trust. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.