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Man’s Struggle with Independence

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Scripture: Matthew 6:26

“Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? NLT

Reflection.

Nearly every country in the world uses the word “Independence” as a common term. In fact, including the country where you are based right now, more than 90% of the world’s nations have experienced independence in some way.

Let’s examine the topic this verse addresses. The topic of concern over material needs is covered again in this verse. In this verse, Jesus advises his followers not to worry about food but to put their trust in God because, despite having much lower value than humans, the birds are fully provided for. in Matthew 6:26.

Let’s also consider this from the viewpoint of creation and in line with Bishop Dag Heward-Mills’ thought. The same offer of independence that Satan made to each of us today was made to Adam and Eve when he temped them. Satan promised independence when he said, “You will be like God: you will not need God.”

Independence is a struggle that all men have by nature. Even when it is destructive to oneself, the desire for independence is the work of the seed of Satan. Compared to women, men have a stronger desire for independence. Women who are treated well at work stick with it, according to research. Compared to men, women change jobs less frequently. In their lifetime, men typically change jobs seven times.

Humans’ desire for independence from God marks us out as a significant difference from the rest of creation. Humans constantly fight to be independent of the God who created them, in contrast to the rest of creation. Similar struggles arise for those who struggle to break free from the influence of the person who gave birth to them. The stars are not self-sufficient! God assigns each star a number and gives it a name.

Additionally, a careful reading of this passage provides crucial context. In Matthew 5:3–12, Jesus makes sure to emphasize that God’s purposes and will are not always in line with our preferences. Everything we “need” to follow His will be provided by God. There may be times when that excludes what we might consider to be “needs.” One of the most important aspects of comprehending this analogy is realizing that life—true life (John 10:10; 14:6)—is more than these material things.

In conclusion, I’ll urge you to read these verses again (Psalm 104:21–27; Psalm 147:9). You’ll see that all these verses have the same meaning. In short, it asks why man (human), who was made in the image of God and can depend on God as their creator for survival, would want to be “independent” of God.

Today is another opportunity to think things over and decide to rely on God rather than be independent.

Prayer.

Dear Jesus! we’ve discovered that depending on you is preferable to being independent. Amen. Help us to fully rely on you as we make our decisions today.

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God bless you…….

Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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