The Desire for Independence
“Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.” Luke 15:11-13
In Luke 15, Jesus tells the story of a young man who traded in the provision and protection of his father for an independent life. But what began as a desire for independence wound up costing the young man everything.
As we grow in life, we begin to seek independence, too. God wired us that way and it is a natural process. And independence is a good thing, when it’s a God thing. In other words, true independence is found when we are dependent on God, when we look to Him first and foremost. Because it is then that we discover the reality that God is our provider and protector. Who do you depend on each day as your source of guidance, provision and security?
Thank God for all that He provides for you on a daily basis and how He protects you. Admit to Him your dependence on Him, and ask Him to guide you in every decision you make.
Make it a habit to pray each morning for what God has planned for you. As you face questions, choices, challenges and daily needs, look to God for His guidance and direction.
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