Striving for Independence
Especially in our American culture it seems that dependence is discouraged in favor of independence. But we still pride ourselves on the concept that when we are in need we can depend on our fellow Americans to come to our assistance. We live in contradiction, striving for independence we can never actually attain.
Man’s desire is for God to empower life on our terms. From this perspective, all of life, including eternal life, is a pursuit of unending self-indulgence, unlimited pleasure, and unparalleled comfort. Our physical lives exist for our purposes; we believe we deserve everything we want. The perceived ultimate quality of life results from having the freedom to live life the way we think best.
“People ruin their lives by their own foolishnessProv. 19:3 NLT
and then are angry at the Lord.”
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO ME?
God responds that His will is not equal to our plans. Deafened by our delusions, we insist. Pretending to be sanctioned by the Lord, we amplify the deception moving us to a deeper level of darkness. “And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools” (Rom. 1:21–22 NLT). The battle intensifies between His will and our way.
God, I do not want to experience Your anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. Help me to know the truth about You because You make it obvious to me. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything You made, I can clearly see Your invisible qualities—Your eternal power and divine nature. So I have no excuse for not knowing You. I know You. I worship You. I give You thanks. Don’t let foolish ideas of what You are like creep into my mind. . . .Rom 1:18–21
(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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