Learning to Rely on God

Learning to Rely on God

I read a Twitter message from Bill Johnson some time ago that made me think a lot because of its truth:

If you don’t seek Him in crisis, you won’t seek Him in success. Bill Johnson Click To Tweet

Generally speaking, most of us are self-relying.  Total reliance on God-according to what our society teaches- is old-fashioned and irrelevant. It is usually relegated to cute bedtime stories to tell our kids, like David and Goliath or Daniel in the lion’s den.
Because we tend to rely on our own abilities to solve our problems, we seek little help outside of our own resources and many times find ourselves alone, scrambling for answers.

The same David, who defeated Goliath in one of those bedtime stories, said this:

God is my refuge and my strength and my help in time of need. Click To Tweet

Relying on God

You see, God may not remove your problems, make your bank account grow overnight, hand you your dream car or your dream job.  He could if He wanted to, but that was not what King David meant.
David was a man of integrity and honor.  Even in the midst of the greatest rejection of his life from King Saul (his father in law), he chose to keep his value system intact. He chose to honor the King and that, based on what the Bible tells us, paved the way for his great success.

David chose to honor the King and that paved the way for his great success. Click To Tweet

You may see a David who is frustrated, living in a cave hiding from his enemies; however, David the man of war, learned that relying on God and not taking matters into his own hands, would give him the strength he needed to get through hard times and allow him to overcome.  In fact, the frustrated David in the cave, later became the public King of Israel, because his heart had been right before God all along.

How do we face conflict?  Is it easier for us to scramble and look for answers on our own, trying to solve issues because it makes us feel good, rather than going to God and admitting we need His help?  Nothing wrong with wanting to increase our self worth, but there are things we should not handle on our own.  The Bible says that He (God) can “make a way where there seems to be no way” particularly when the road is dark, long and with many unexpected turns.

The reason we don’t trust him is directly related to our relationship with God.  A child trusts his father because dad is bigger, stronger, and able. There is no question in the mind of a young child who is jumping in the arms of his dad that his dad will catch him.

Likewise, as we learn to develop our love and relationship with God, so will our trust and confidence in Him grow.  We will discover that God delights in helping us when we face struggles and challenges and that we don’t have to walk alone.

The reason we don't trust him is directly related to our relationship with God. Click To Tweet

If we learn to seek Him when we’re down, we will learn to praise Him when things are going well. As the wise Solomon said: “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.  Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG)

What areas of your life do you need to learn to rely God on?  Are you taking steps toward God-reliance and away from self-reliance?  Decide today that you need God and begin to rely on His wisdom rather than your own only.


Davide Colletta

Davide Colletta

Davide was born and raised in Taranto, Italy. He has a background in pastoral and worship ministry and presently works at IBM.

Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.
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