On the 4th of July, America celebrates its independence from Great Britain, but sadly, while this nation’s founding was predicated predominantly on God and his word (the Bible) for its governance, it has slowly but surely regressed to be independent of God instead of being in-dependence of God.
So is America celebrating Independence day or In-Dependence day?
Although the dictionary would define “independence” as the quality or state of not being subject to anyone else or self-governing, the Biblical definition of the word “independent” is quite the contrary. To be truly independent, we ought to be in-dependence of God, and not subject to self-governance but God-governance. Instead of trusting in our own abilities and leaning on our own understanding, we must trust in the Lord with all of our heart and acknowledge him in all our ways, and he will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6) and instruct us in the way we should go (Psalm 32:8), for He knows the plans, he has for us, plans of peace and not of evil, plans to give us a an expected end (i.e., a future and a hope) (Jeremiah 29:11). In other words, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and be not independent of God (self-governing). In all your ways, be in-dependence of God (acknowledging him) and he shall direct your paths.
Point to ponder:
Are you independent of God or are you in-dependence of God? Only when we are in-dependence of God, we can be truly free from the worries and anxieties of life, for He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Only in Jesus Christ is true independence – Don’t be independent but in-dependence!
Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.