Dependence

Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. – Psalms 146:3-4

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Where … in whom or in what … have you put your trust?

Sometimes, in my work with overseas partners, people put too much trust in the “West” and its resources to meet their ministry needs. I fear that we have encouraged this trust (and dependence) and, as a result, destroyed or created a barrier to trust in God. Maybe this occurred because in our “first world” experience we have become too accustomed to trusting in our own resources and abilities (rather than in the One who gives us the ability to accumulate them) and now think this is the answer for everyone.

Are we hoping in our own power more than the power of God? Are we exporting this self-sufficiency to other nations, ministries, and cultures? Perhaps, it would be best to keep some things to ourselves, including our God-dishonoring self-reliance. For what many people consider a strength, God sees as a weakness. It is good to be dependent, but may our dependence ultimately be on Christ.

The world’s smallest package is a man wrapped up in himself. – Chuck Swindoll

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