Completely Dependent Upon God

God knows everything. By comparison we know nothing. God is all-powerful. By comparison we have no power. God is all-wise. By comparison we have no wisdom. Most people do not want to be totally dependent upon God. But whether they like it or not, they ARE totally dependent upon Him. If we put two facts together we can be glad of our total dependence upon Him. One fact is that He is above us in all things. The other fact is that He loves us. Every blessing, every trial and every bit of chastisement come from Him. We are never out of the reach of His love. And yet we often want to depend upon our own ignorance, weakness and foolishness.

Read the wise words from the song I*ve Never Been Out of His Care by Paul Johnson: Although there*ve been times I*ve been out of His will, I*ve never been out of His care.

There are many things that we can*t possibly know about or think about, much less control. But God knows about them all and thinks about them all and is able to control them all. We very seldom give a thought to our steps. Consider what the Bible says about the steps and the feet of God*s people.

Psalms 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

Jeremiah 10:23: O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

1 Samuel 2:9: He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

Romans 10:15: And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Proverbs 20:24: Man*s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Psalm 138:8: The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me.

Most manifestly the confidence which the Psalmist here expressed was a divine confidence. He did not say, *I have grace enough to perfect that which concerneth me . . . my faith is so steady that it will not stagger . . . my love is so warm that it will never grow cold . . . my resolution is so firm that nothing can move it;* no, his dependence was on the Lord alone. If we indulge in any confidence which is not grounded on the Rock of ages, our confidence is worse than a dream, it will fall upon us, and cover us with its ruins, to our sorrow and confusion. All that Nature spins time will unravel, to the eternal confusion of all who are clothed therein. The Psalmist was wise, he rested upon nothing short of the Lord*s work. It is the Lord who has begun the good work within us; it is He who has carried it on; and if he does not finish it, it never will be complete. If there be one stitch in the celestial garment of our righteousness which we are to insert ourselves, then we are lost; but this is our confidence, the Lord who began will perfect. He has done it all, must do it all, and will do it all. Our confidence must not be in what we have done, nor in what we have resolved to do, but entirely in what the Lord will do. Unbelief insinuates: *You will never be able to stand. Look at the evil of your heart, you can never conquer sin; remember the sinful pleasures and temptations of the world that beset you, you will be certainly allured by them and led astray.* Ah! yes, we should indeed perish if left to our own strength. If we had alone to navigate our frail vessels over so rough a sea, we might well give up the voyage in despair; but, thanks be to God, He will perfect that which concerneth us, and bring us to the desired haven. We can never be too confident when we confide in Him alone, and never too much concerned to have such a trust.

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