From a very early age we tend to want to do things on our own. I remember when my son, Deven, was one year old, approximately, and first began to exercise his strong independence (coupled with a strong will that displayed even earlier, and therefore made for some serious battles of the will). He would say, “My do it!”
“Deven, let Mommy put your shoes on!” Yanking his shoes from my hands, “My do it!”
“Deven, your supper is HOT! Let me blow on it.” He would cover his plate with his hands and reply, “My do it!” Then began to ineffectively blow on his food.
Even things that weren’t his concern…such as folding laundry, “My do it!”
He wanted to do it on his own! Usually, as the way it typically works, he would still need my help. But I would let him try to do it on his own first.
As we grow, we want to do things on our own.
Going potty all by ourselves.
Walking into our first day of second grade, “It’s okay, I can do it by myself!”
Saying a line in the school play, “I know my line! I can do it!”
Trying out for a sport for the first time.
Going to a friend’s birthday party alone.
Walking into high school as a freshman.
Driving the first time after getting our license.
Going on the first date.
Graduating high school.
Going off to college.
Choosing THAT date.
Walking down the aisle.
Buying our first home.
Delivering our first child.
Burying a grandparent or parent.
“It’s okay…I can do this on my own.”
You see, we have in us the nature of God, which includes this strong inclination toward independence! Although God created us in His image, with His independence, He also created us to NEED Him.
For all the things we do on our own, imagine the difference it makes when we do allow Him in to help. “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’” Isaiah 41:13 (NLT)
God sent His Spirit to be our counselor, so that we may walk in step with Him. We may be involved in whatever God is doing around us, and He is leading us in all we do.
I have a tendency to want to do it all myself…never asking others for help, but I can do nothing without the Spirit within me. And I don’t want to.
Because without Him, I am nothing.
Without Him, I cannot walk in righteousness.
I cannot make wise choices.
I cannot be loving, kind, joyful, or self-controlled.
Without Him, I’m lost.
Without Him, I am nothing.
So while I CAN do things on my own, I don’t want to.
I need God.
And I want to need Him.
And I want you to want to need Him.
Father, I ask that You fill me with Your Spirit. Help me walk in step with You. Be my help. I want to do nothing without Your help. Without Your spirit. I want to share with others my needy dependence on You in all things! So that everything I do honors You! Amen!