Dependence. What crosses your mind when you hear that word? Some of you may think about how an infant depends on her parents for care or how someone can be dependent on their coffee in the morning.
Dictionary.com defines the word “depend” as: -the state of relying on or needing someone or something for aid, support, or the like. -reliance; confidence; trust
This word has many definitions and connotations. Someone can be a “dependent” for tax purposes or a dependent on a drug (or anything else they think they can’t live without).
How about being dependent as a believing Christian? How about a dependence which is good for us and doesn’t have an age limit or a tax deduction? Depending on the Lord is a day-to-day habit we can encourage in ourselves and in others around us.
For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you - Isaiah 41:13
He will not let your foot slip, he who watches over you will not slumber - Psalm 121:3
Both verses refer to parts of the body which resonates with the nurse in me. Often when I am moving a patient from a bed to a chair in the morning, I use my hands to hold them steady and my feet to keep me safe.
The first verse in Isaiah reminds us of how the Lord our God will take hold of our hand, so we have to let Him do this while we trust in Him. Just as a child holds their mother’s hand crossing a street, we are safe when we depend on the Lord. The Lord also tells us in this verse who He is—He is “the Lord”. He identifies with “our God” and ends with how we can depend on him; if we leave our fear, he will help us.
The second verse in the Psalms talks about our feet and how He won’t let us slip, for He is close by keeping us safe. I recall a hike my husband and I did a few years ago called Angel’s Landing at Zion National Park. I don’t like heights very much but I was willing to try the challenge. My anxiety increased as the trail got steeper and narrower. At some point I wanted to quit, but I knew I wanted to accomplish my goal for the day. My husband kept encouraging me to keep going. I feared every step at the end of the trail but once I was at the top, the view was such a beautiful sight that I forgot about my fear. The psalmist in the verse says, God won’t let you slip. Not will “try not” to let you… he won’t. God’s character is even further impressive because he watches over us and doesn’t sleep in His watchfulness.
So what does the word depend mean to you? How can you depend on the Lord our God a little more this week?