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What It Means to Really Depend on God

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


We need to depend on God more these days than ever before. It is easier for those who have been practicing dependence on God all their lives. On the other hand, it is very difficult for those to step into a mode of dependence on God who have never focused on that before.

The good news is that it is never too late to start depending on God. However, it will take some bumps in the road before one can gain speed because they are not accustomed to depending on God. Perhaps in the past, they have depended on themselves or on others.

What Is Dependence?

First of all, dependence is the act of relying on or being controlled by someone or something. Dependence means being influenced by someone or something for help or support.

Some examples of dependence include children depending on the parents or people in authority. When people depend on someone or something, they have faith, trust, and confidence that what is dependent on will help and not hurt or harm them.

Why Should We Depend on God?

It has been established that people can depend on someone or something, but what does it mean to depend on God?

God wants us to depend on Him. He will never grow tired of our dependence. God would rather for us to go to Him first instead of waiting until we have exhausted all other possibilities. God prefers not being a Plan B, C, D, or X, Y, or Z. God wants us to do what Jesus commanded in His Sermon on the Mount.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God. (Matthew 6:33)


What Is Dependence on God?

There are several reasons to depend on God rather than on people and things.

  1. God is always present and available to those who depend on Him. Some people might not always be available when we need them.
  2. Some people might not be able to support and help us when we need that support and help the most.
  3. Some people might be going through their own problems when we need them. So, they put our needs on the back burner.
  4. People might not be equipped or powerful enough to offer help when we need it.
  5. Some people just might not be willing to help us when you need them.
  6. It is much better to depend on God because people and things might fail us. However, God will never fail us.

For those reasons, dependence on others might be in vain. However, God is always willing, able, available, equipped, and powerful enough to help in any situation.

How to Depend on God

Now that you know what dependence is and why you should depend on God, let's explore how you can depend on Him.

When you have a problem, the worst thing you can do is to panic instead of praying and praising God. Psalm 22:3 says, God inhabits the praises of His people. God is with us all the time, but God shows up mightily during our dark hours when we praise Him.

God wants us to "be still and know that He is God" (Psalm 46:10) instead of running around like a chicken with its head cut off. He wants us to get in a quiet position to hear His voice so we can do what He says.

We should never doubt what God tells us because He has our best interest at heart. We might not be able to see it at the time, but God is waiting for us to get into the habit of depending on Him.

Know that it is so much better to practice depending on God regularly instead of waiting for a big problem to arise. Let God know you depend on Him because He is worthy to be depended upon.

Biblical Examples of People Who Depended on God

The Bible records numerous people who depended on God from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. That's the entire Bible. Here are just a few of the people in the Bible who depended on God.

  1. Noah depended on God and built a boat as God instructed at a time when it didn't rain from above the way it does today. Because Noah depended on God, he and his family of eight were saved during the flood that lasted forty nights and forty days (Genesis 6:13-14).
  2. Abraham depended on God and left his country and kindred and went to a place that God showed him on the way. Because of Abraham's obedience, God called him faithful, and Abraham became the "Father of many Nations" with descendants, riches, and land (Genesis 17:4).
  3. David depended on God and wrote most of the psalms where he declared that "The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge." God said that David was "a man after His own heart" (1 Samuel 13:14).
  4. Jesus depended on God and came to earth to save us from our sins. While on earth, Jesus did nothing without praying and listening to His Father. God called Jesus, "My Son in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:17).

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