Utter dependence on God is where it is at!
This little Psalm answers the question, “What can a child of God do or escape from … separate and apart from God?” The answer, found here in verse 1, is: absolutely nothing.
Nevertheless, how often we think and act independently from our God, aye?. Such is the independent old nature of us sinners. In fact, when we boil sin down to its essence, it’s nothing, more nor less, than.. independence from God. When sin reigns in a life, this is always its glaring nature … egocentric independence from God.
However, once a person comes to Christ, this fatal flaw begins to be corrected, as their relationship with God is restored and they begin to learn to walk with him in utter dependence. Here are a couple of scriptures to that effect:
2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Jn 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
Verse 2 flows naturally from the statement in verse1 that you and I can do nothing apart from God. It flatly says that it is.. foolish and vain..not to live in dependence on God. For, such a life style can only lead to a grind of unsolvable problems and unnecessary sorrows resulting in staying up late and getting up early (worrying) ... in contrast to the reality of..he gives his beloved sleep! Now, that’s where it’s at. As we had it back in 4:8,
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
Here are a couple of other scriptures along that line.
Phil 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Gal 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
"BUT…!!!" No. No “buts.” No matter how great the peril or sticky the situation, our God is able. Trust him, dear saint… even if the peril is great and the problems are insurmountable, for...
The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the LORD. Prov 21:31
A great example, among many, is found in 2 Chronicles 20. You might want to read that chapter and check out the deliverance God provided for his people during the days of King Jeshoshaphat.
Verses 3-5 Now, you might ask, “What does children have to do with this?” Simple. This just extends the thought that our great God is our PROVIDER. One of his greatest provisions and gifts is children. This is what God truly is like. He’s not stingy, uncaring, detached and unable ... or unwilling … like the Devil continuously tries to make us believe. Don't listen to him. We need to get to know our God as he truly is. Here are a few verses to contemplate that reveal him as he really is:
Jam 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Ps 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
If God has not given it to us, it’s not good for us. So, love the Lord and trust him anyway. He knows what he is about. So, like the Nike commercial says, "Just do it!" As we have it in Proverbs 3:5-6,
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
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