Do we live like we need God?
How much do our daily prayers show forth a need for God? Do our prayers show our dependence upon Him? Do we expand on the idea of “give us this day our daily bread” from the Lord’s Prayer? Are we asking for help in our sanctification? In our vocations? In our travel? In how we spend our free time?
This week as I look at James 5:1-6 for the morning message I am reminded of some of the dangers of affluence. We see God’s hand of blessing in our lives in so many ways. But sometimes wealth can also be a stumbling block to our faith and cause us to become arrogant and self-sufficient.
James 6:1-3, “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days.”
Are we laying up treasure in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy? Or are we the self-sufficient ones who live as if we do not need God? I hope my prayers will grow in acknowledgment of my dependence upon God. We need Him regardless of our bank accounts, or income, or lack thereof. We are dependent upon Him for the air we breathe, for each day of life, and much more. We should be thanking Him daily, counting our blessings, and also asking for His provision.
At times it seems the struggles in life are what keep us focused on our dependence upon God. When times are difficult, for various reasons, we tend to cry out to God more fervently in our prayers. When things are easier we tend to forget we need God just as much.
It is rather ironic that that independent, pioneer, do-it-yourself, spirit, that was such a blessing to generations that have gone before us to help them persevere in the midst of trial, hardship, and suffering, has morphed into an arrogance and a “I don’t need God” attitude for much of the population. Even we, as followers of Christ, are at risk. We have more wealth in our nation and luxury than most of the world does. We take that for granted.
As we look at God’s blessings today, may our prayers be just as fervent as if we were facing the most dire crisis of our lives. We are dependent upon God for all things. He is still sovereign. We still exist at His pleasure. With joy I count my blessings and also cling to Christ and God’s providence in my life. He provides my food, clothing and shelter. He provides my forgiveness and my righteousness. He provides my air, my existence. Oh, how dependent I am. And oh, how quickly I forget…