Declaration of Dependence

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress of the Thirteen Colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence announcing their independence from the British Empire. From that day forth, America became free from British rule and lived independent of external governance.

As Christ-followers, we can make a Declaration of Dependence announcing our dependency on the sovereign rule of the Almighty. What would this declaration look like?

As Americans, we are so blessed. We have far beyond all the resources we need. If we have a material need, we go to Costco and get it (along with much more than we anticipated). If we feel ill, we go to our physician. If we suffer an accident, we can go to the emergency room of a local hospital. If we need to be somewhere, we hop into our car and get there.

We feel so independent.

As I grow older, I sometimes think about living the life of an aged person. One day that I know will cause me consternation is the day I can no longer drive. Why? – Because it will be the day that I lose a lot of independence. I will have to depend on others to get me where I want to go.

I am, like most Americans, a very independent person, which doesn’t always translate very well in my faith. I often times fail to pray because I think that I am in control.

Jeremiah 10:23 says, “I know, O LORD, that a man’s way is not in himself, nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.” Jeremiah knew full well how important it is to be dependent on the Lord for all things.

Prayer reveals this attitude of dependence… dependence on God. Hence, our Declaration of Dependence is prayer. Whenever we pray, we are declaring our dependence on God.

We should all pause for a moment and ponder if there is anything in our lives that we need to turn over to the Lord. Is there some major area of our lives about which we just don’t pray? It’s probably because we think that we have it under control.

Perhaps we should make a declaration of dependence by offering that area of our lives to God.

Something to think about...