Often times in this life the Lord uses difficult situations and trials to keep us dependent on Himself. In my own life my battle with chronic illness has kept me depending on Him for strength and grace for each day. I was reminded of the ways the Lord uses this for His glory as I read a section in the contentment book this week.
“Perhaps God see’s it better for you to live in a continual dependence on Him, and not to know what your condition will be on the morrow, than for you to have a more settled condition in terms of the comforts of the creature. Do but remember what we spoke of before, that Christ does not teach you to pray, ‘Lord give me enough to serve me for two or three years,’ but ‘This day our daily bread.’ This is to teach us that we must live upon God in a dependent condition every day for daily bread.”
Burrough’s then uses Israel as an example of those in a dependent, yet blessed, condition as the Lord chose to settle them in the land of Canaan (in contrast to Egypt) where they would be completely reliant on God for water. He writes “the land of Canaan depended on God for the watering of it with showers from Heaven, but Egypt had a constant way of watering the country, that did not so much depend on Heaven for water, but upon the river Nile, which at some certain time overflowed the country. Knowing that the watering of there country depended upon the river and not upon Heaven, they grew more proud.” Canaan never knew for sure when they would have water and lived in dependence upon God for there lives.
Why does God view this state of dependence as a better state? Because His people are to live by faith and to rely on Him for everything. When we live in dependence upon God our souls are actually in a better place than when we rely on ourselves. Sometimes it’s hard to see times of weakness and trial as “blessed states” but when we truly evaluate our souls we will find this to be true. What trial is keeping you dependent, yet blessed?
Psalm 25:8-9 “Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.”
Psalm 147:6 “The LORD sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.”