Ok, random question…is it hard for you to rely on people? I’m not talking about whether or not you trust a person. I’m talking about relying and actually depending on them for something you can’t do alone. It could be anything from running an errand, to providing food, clothing and shelter. Whatever it is, you’re the person in need and someone else has what you need. How do you feel?
If you’re anything like me, being dependent isn’t a position you enjoy. Not just because I’m a grown man and would rather be the provider…though that’s a huge part of it. The other factor has more to do with our society, which seems to prize independence on every level. Dependence isn’t something we regularly celebrate, nor is the position of needy something we welcome. We run our lives that way. We raise our kids that way. We conduct business affairs, government affairs all around the ultimate position of independence. Quite frankly, independence wins the day!
Now, is there anything wrong with independence/self-sufficience? Of course not. If nothing else, it shows a person’s desire to be responsible. The snag of independence is how we tend to derive our identity from it. There’s a leaning and a longing in us all to be self-made. Here’s what I mea. When we consider our accomplishments, we want to say, “I achieved this all by myself and nobody helped me with anything!” It’s the same with our appearance and even more so with our possessions.
If the truth be told, there’s nothing we have that hasn’t been given to one degree or another. We’ll never be able to achieve ultimate independence and if we have a “lick of sense” (that’s my Mom’s vernacular) it shouldn’t be our goal. Yeah, I said it…ultimate independence should never be our goal. Why you may ask? It’s because God created us to experience something greater than the joys of independence. He created us to experience the beauty of presence. And not just any presence, but His presence!
This beauty of God’s presence is seen in Psalm 139, one of King David’s most introspective psalms. He celebrates that God knows him in the first six verses. He then builds on it in the next six:
7Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
11If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,”
12even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
Throughout these verses, David continues to rejoice, marveling that God’s presence is with him. Obviously, David couldn’t experience God’s presence with all of his senses, though his confidence was completely in God knowing him (Psalm139:1-6) and God being with him (verses 7-12).
There’s a lot we can glean from those two truths. True, God knowing everything about us can be scary at times, but it’s still comforting to realize He’s with us. Writers spoke of Jesus hundreds of years prior to his birth, giving him the name Immanuel, which means, God with us (Matthew 1:23). This demonstrates that God has always longed to be with us.
Now think about that for a second. The Creator of the universe longs to be with you. Perhaps you have a ton of important people in your life who long to be with you. I on the other hand, do not. To think that a perfect God would want to give an imperfect me the time of the day is CRAZY! It’s my aim to find my BEING in Him, defining myself as a person who God knows and a person who God’s with!