God is calling you to rely on him to depend on him for protection, for help, for inspiration. David said that our help comes from nowhere else except the Lord the maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121), who will not allow our feet to be moved. He can be trusted to do what he says. There is no circumstance beyond his control.
We move in world that is full of confusion but the words of the bible can be our anchor for what is true, making us wise (2Timothy 3:15). Different people come up with different findings, the philosophers falling over themselves to give the meaning of life, but the answer to the deepest longing in man, the longing for meaning, is in God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In him we move and have our being (Acts 17:28). He is our father and from him we derive our origin, our identity.
In the story of the prodigal son, Jesus told of a younger son who wanted to be independent. He saw the father as someone to get things from and not one to relate with. He went away with his inheritance to seek an identity for him, to try to establish himself in the world, but he failed woefully. He had an eye of covetousness, reminding us that we always need God.
Jesus said without him we can do nothing. With him we find meaning where we are fit, that is where we are celebrated, where we can attain our full potential. Outside of him, we get reduced, we dry up. We do not have to strive for his acceptance, we are already accepted as his beloved (Ephesians 1:6) once we are in Christ Jesus, on his account.
Paul said that we are complete in him who is the head of all principalities and powers (Colossian 2:10). He is our all in all. The bible says that woe to those who run to Egypt for protection (mere mortals), relying on them because of their horses and neglecting the Lord. They will come back sorely disappointed.
We are meant to expect help from God, set our eyes, our gaze on him (Psalm 121). He is the light showing us the way in the darkness of the world. John described Jesus as the light that lights every man who comes to the world, he is our guiding light.
When a sign of his birth was in the sky it was seen by magi from the east as a special star, which led them in the direction of worshiping God, of deeper experience of him. When they found him, they bowed down to him, submitting to his Lordship.
Peter told Jesus: to whom shall we go since you have the words of eternal life (John 6:68)? He is the ancient of days (with unquantifiable wisdom) and we are called to rely on him for everything. He knows all things he can do all things, his reach is without limit, i.e. the reach of his influence of his presence. There is no searching his depth, he is beyond the loop of time and space, the transcendent one.
We have no doubt about his commitment to us, there is no limit to the resources of God that he can make available to us. Paul the one who did not spare his son, Jesus Christ but gave him up for us, how will he not together with him give us all things freely (Romans 8:32)?
He makes his grace knowledge and power available to us. Paul said I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
We won’t be wanderers when we rely on God for direction. A psalmist prayed: you are my lord my God, for your name sake lead me and guide me (Psalm 31:3).
Relying on God is beyond a mental disposition, it also has to do with action. When Peter saw Jesus walking on water, he told him: if it be you bid me come to you on the water (Matthew 14:28-29)? Jesus said come and immediately he stepped into the water and walked on it, he acted on the word of God.
He had experienced the word of Christ making the impossible possible before then. Relying on the word of Christ made Peter take action based on what Jesus said. He did not say: “I am not feeling like taking action now. Or: I’ll postpone it to a more convenient time.”
On the sea, Peter went fishing all night without any gain (Luke 5:1-10). But Jesus told him to launch into the deep and he caught a large amount of fished. He relied on Jesus’ word and he was overwhelmed by the miracle.
The word of God is reliable. If he says you are healed (1Peter 2:24), then you are, if it says you are above only and not beneath, then you are (Deuteronomy 28:13). The same word created the universe, it carried within it the power to create its own reality in your life, even in the face of contrary evidence.
God spoke through Isaiah that the word which has gone forth from him, will not return to him void until it has accomplished the purpose for which it was sent (Isaiah 55:8-11). He word is like rain that falls on the earth. His word is like hammer that breaks the rock into pieces (Jeremiah 23:28-29). His word has also been described a fire, manna. It manifests in difference shades and shapes, all to carry out the counsel of God, manifesting his creativity.
The devil comes to kill, steal and destroy but Jesus has come so that we may have life in abundance (John 10:10). He can be relied upon to make that happen, to make that a reality in our lives no matter the prevailing circumstance. It doesn’t matter how far the devil has spoiled things, there is light that Jesus brings that chases away all the darkness.
In the focus verse God was saying we should rely on his protection. When Ezra was taking some people with some of the vessels (made with precious metals) across the wilderness back to Jerusalem, many years after it was carted away from the temple in Jerusalem by the Babylonian empire, he asked that God will grant them a safe journey (Ezra 8:21).
He relied on God for protection. He had the option of asking for military escort from the foreign king who supported the journey. He however chose to fast and pray asking for protection, he sought to draw the hand of God rather than relay on the prowess of men. The journey was too unpredictable for even the best strategist to help with the best route possible for safety. He needed the help of God the master strategist.
The book of Hebrews described Jesus this way: in the days of his flesh he cried to God with tears to the one who is able to deliver him from death (Hebrews 5:7). He relied on God to raise him from the death, saying: Lord into your hands I commit my spirit;
We should learn to commit things to God, everything. Solomon wrote trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all you ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your path (Proverbs 3:5-6).
- The Third Temptation of Jesus Matthew 4:8-10 (whatshotn.wordpress.com)
- Friday (April 25): “It is the Lord.” (shechina.wordpress.com)
- The Earth Remade and Christian Mission (disciplesforlife.wordpress.com)
- Daily Tidbits 5/8 – Grow in Grace (littleguyintheeye.wordpress.com)
- The Boy Jesus in the Temple (travismikhailblog.wordpress.com)
- Jesus is Circumcised and Named // Jesus is Presented in the Temple // The Return to Nazareth (travismikhailblog.wordpress.com)