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DEPENDENCE

READ

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. (Prov. 3:5–6)

REFLECT

Did you catch the first word from today’s text? Trust. Dependence is the fruit of trust. Our dissatisfaction often comes from depending on someone or something that is not dependable. In many cases that someone is ourselves (a.k.a. independence). In other cases our broken ways lead us to an unhealthy dependence on others (a.k.a. codependence).

Holy dissatisfaction leads to deeper depths of knowing Jesus, and the more we know Jesus, the more we will trust him—which demonstrates itself in a thousand practical ways of dependence. The old hymn puts it well, “Jesus, Jesus how I trust him, how I’ve proved him over and over; Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus, O for grace to trust him more.”

The text uses another interesting word: all, as in, “with all your heart” and “in all your ways.” Dependence takes time. It takes growth. It takes healing. We cannot depend on someone we cannot trust. The way we build trust is to grow bit by bit in our dependence on Jesus. This is where we learn to pray without ceasing (see 1 Thessalonians 5:17). This is the way we learn to lean on Jesus. Growing in dependence on the Holy Spirit will lead us to a place of surrendering all. This is the place it really gets good.

In order to grow in our dependence, we need a band of brothers or sisters to help us. As our trust in Jesus grows, so will our trust in others grow. In like fashion, as our trust in others grows, our trust in Jesus will grow. The beautiful thing is the way, over time, we will begin to sense Jesus’ trust in us.

Dependence is the turning point in this journey of awakening. It will become a well-worn pivot, where the movement from dissatisfaction to satisfaction takes root.

PRAY

Lord Jesus, we can be so quick to believe, yet so slow to trust. And this only reveals to us that we don’t believe as much as we think we do. Honestly, Lord, our trust has been broken by others—and that has broken us. Restore our ability to trust—both in you and in others, and make this little band a place where this trust can flourish. I want to depend on you for everything. I’m asking you to show me a simple way I can depend on you for something starting now. In Jesus’ name, amen.

CONFERENCE

Where in your life right now are you most dependent on God?