The celebration of Independence Day tomorrow is quite a big deal in the United States. In fact, many countries have a holiday celebrating their independence and freedom from harder times. I love this time of year because it means that I’m usually with family. Right now I’m in Huntsville, Alabama with my entire family getting ready to enjoy a weekend of laughter, games, food and fireworks.
Within the last few decades though, July 4th has taken on a new meaning, one which has hurt our country and our historical reliance on God. America is now a country who not only celebrates our independence as a nation but also our independence as individuals. There no longer is a sense of unity prevalent in our country but a personal freedom to do whatever we want, when we want, without a regard for opinions of others or the law of God. Everyone wants tolerance for their lifestyle but are unwilling to believe that someone else might not see it their way.
What we’re sorely lacking is not a spirit of independence but a mindset of dependence… a new and restored dependence on God. Even many Christians, myself included, have long relied on our own abilities to make it through life instead of depending on God for our sustenance and strength. And that is the role God wants so desperately to portray. He patiently waits for us to sacrifice self and find refuge in him (Psalm 94:22).
Wondering how you’ll persevere? Depend on God. Doubting your abilities? Depend on God. Asking why our country is headed away from God? Know he is still in control. Celebrate “Dependence Day” tomorrow and every day and re-dedicate yourself to God. “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).