Dependence On God: What It Really Looks Like

The more we depend on God the more dependable we find He is. -Cliff Richard

This quote couldn't ring more true for me. The longer I'm on the mission field the more I have to truly depend on God.  I have found Him to be very dependable. 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5

Dependence on God-What It Really Looks Like How do you truly depend on God and what does that really mean? I've had some hard lessons on depending on God but the more I depend on Him the easier it is. Read about how I depend on God and how you can to. #dependingonGod #trustingingod

It's the first day of 2019 and yesterday I was reflecting on how good God has been to us. I reflected on how I've really had to learn to depend on Him and what that really means.  It's really hard for the North American to depend on God 100% because we depend on ourselves so much. Our society pushes self dependence.  You've never had to truly worry about what happens if you or your family member gets sick. Let me explain what happens in the rest of the world when someone gets sick.

We truly pray for good health and we know it is a huge blessing.  When someone gets sick in my family the first thing we do is pray. Why? Because we don't have insurance. Most the time we don't have the extra money to go pay out of pocket for a Doctor and or for the medicine. We are blessed to have a friend who is a Pharmacist so if it is not something really serious she can suggest medicines to take. Most people don't have that luxury.  If someone gets seriously ill you are taken to the public emergency room and hopefully you will get looked at.   If you need any kind of test or blood work they send you to a private hospital where you have to pay to get it done. So many of the sick people end up just going back home sick because they can't pay for it. I got terribly sick a few days after I had my second baby.  We had to pay a certain amount to even be admitted into the hospital, which we didn't have, but someone let us borrow it.  You can read the whole story on how God miraculously provided for us after having to depend on Him for it all A Lesson In Faith .

We've had to depend solely on God to give us a vehicle.  When we first moved to La Ceiba we had a small Kia.  We quickly found out that many roads here are not paved and anytime it rains everything floods. We needed a truck or SUV.  We prayed and to our surprise (we shouldn't have been surprised) but two different people gave us a big amount of money and we were able to by a SUV that we still drive to this day.  Read about how we depended on God for our Miracle Montero .

You can go through my blog and read story after story miracle after miracle of how we have had to depend on God.  But that is the key....we HAD to depend on Him. We had no other choice. We had no back up plan, no savings, no insurance.  NOTHING.  Only God.

Our culture makes dependence on God look like weakness. But it is just the opposite.

"Dependence on God isn't a weakness...it's acknowledging His strength."

If you would like to depend on God more all you have to do is tell Him.  You may already have something going on in your life that you need to depend on Him for.  Stop trying to solve the problem yourself and put it in the hands of God.

Kick off this new year as a year where you will depend on God more.  Start a journal. Write down your needs and watch God move.  If you're starting this year off with a fast put dependence on God as your #1 priority.  Look up all the scriptures on dependence...highlight them, write them, pray them.

Dependence requires faith and humility, which are qualities that do not come natural to us. They have to be cultivated. Start depending on God now. Don't wait until you HAVE to. Don't wait until you have no other choice. When you start to depend on Him knowing that you could have a back up plan or you do have other options, God will bless you even more abundantly. 

Think about this.

We have a safety lock on the refrigerator because I have an almost 4 year old and a 2 1/2 year old who love to open the fridge and take out everything. Just recently they have learned how to open it and they can get whatever they want out of the fridge.  They know they aren't supposed to open it or take anything out without permission.  Knowing that they can go get stuff out on their own but  they decide to sit at the table and ask me for juice or fruit I am more likely to give it to them. I appreciate it that they decided to ask, even though they can do it on their own.  Now sometimes they go to the fridge and take out a juice on their own.  When that happens I take it away from them. Why? Because they have already had a juice or the simple fact that they need to learn they can't do it on their own, they have to ask for permission.

It's a perfect analogy for our dependence on God. Even if we can do it on our own He appreciates it so much more when we ask Him for help. He wants us to depend on Him.

 "Depend on the Lord; trust Him, and He will take care of you." Psalm 37:5

I pray this new year, 2019, is a year of depending on the Lord.


  1. You are so right that North American culture pushes self-reliance. I learned that from infancy, along with pride, from my parents (my father was an agnostic) so it was a long journey to learn humility and to let go of my insistence on controlling things (and "control" is an illusion, after all). I'm so grateful God was patient with me! Thank you for sharing this.

    1. Absolutely, and it is so very hard to go against our own culture. It is a life long journey for sure.

  2. Thank you for these words of wisdom. I'm entering this new year with no set plan of what it will look like. So many things in my life are not figured out! And that's okay - because it gives me an opportunity to depend on God completely!

    1. Yes, isn't it nice that we can just give to God and let Him work it out?

  3. Thanks for this encouraging post. I think our conveniences can be a detriment in some ways, if we are not careful. They can make us, unknowingly, shift from depending on God to depending on ourselves or the things/people we are blessed to have. Thank you for this reminder to depend on God in every aspect of our lives. God bless you!

    1. You are so right about that. It's so hard to depend on God because of those things but I'm so glad He is patient with us.