Lately life has been busy. When I become busy, I lack. I lack rest, peace, power and perspective. I find myself desperately trying to attempt the Christian life own my on instead of relying on my heavenly Father. Isn’t this something we all do?
We tend to rely on ourselves and only seek God for the really big stuff. Last night while attending a revival, I heard God whisper…
“Never leave home, child. Don’t become independent.”
That was an odd statement, I thought. As a parent, I teach my children to self-govern and to become independent so that they can go out into the world on their own. And yet, my heavenly Father desires the opposite for His children.
He knows how much we need Him. It’s pride that tells us otherwise. Pride says,
I’ve got this.
Look at what I’ve accomplished.
I must be special.
It feels good to be needed by God.
The bible states, “Pride comes before the fall.” Isn’t that true? Just when I think, “I got this” I crash and burn.
Pride robs me of my relationship with God. It robs me from experiencing His grace and power. It keeps me from living dependent on God for all my needs. And that’s just a start.
I’m pretty certain this is why God gave Paul a “thorn in his side” to keep him humble and dependent on God. I’m certain God allows me to feel pressure and pain sometimes to remind me I’ve strayed to far from home.
The truth is I need God every hour. “Apart from Him I can do nothing!” (John 15:5)
I need God’s strength in my weakness
I need God’s counsel when I don’t know which way to turn
I need God’s power to love my family and others or else I may kill them
I need God’s peace when the stress of life overwhelms me
I need God to break bad habits and sin
I need God to tame my tongue
I need God to control my eating
I could go on because I desperately need God– not on Sundays and not just everyday but every moment of every hour.
What’s so amazing about God is He is willing to impart to me all I need. His grace is more than sufficient.
I’ve decided to change my homepage to read G I N Y. It stands for… God I Need You. The pastor last night had a friend that wrote G I N Y on everything he could to remind himself of his need for God. It reminded him that God had not called him to run the world, but to rely on Him for all things. In fact, the man eventually had a ring made up—not with name of his wife engraved on it—but the name G I N Y.
What about you? Has pride kept you from needing God? Is He whispering to your heart today, “Don’t leave home, child. Stay dependent on your Father.” If so, respond by saying, “God I Need You!”
Dear Lord, forgive me for my pride. Forgive me to trying to live my life apart from you. Forgive me for thinking to highly of myself. God, I need you every hour. Thank you for your grace that empowers me to live in ways I can’t possible live own my on. You amaze me!
Can we confess our pride and need for God together today? If you’re willing, will you write in the comment space G I N Y. And then, lets pray for one another.