A few years back I found myself in a very bad place. My world was crumbling around me. Two mature Christian men, one new friend and one old, taught me how to lean on them…to prop myself up with their strength in my time of extreme weakness.
Christians…those growing in their relationship to the Father…gradually mature in their ability to lean. Leaning is not something that comes easily to many of us. Our stubborn independence causes us to view leaning as a sign of weakness. However, the Bible makes it clear that leaning is one of the marks of a real Christian.
Christians lean away from the conventional wisdom of self-reliance and learn to lean on God and trust in his wisdom and goodness. As we begin to lean on God instead of ourselves, we soon realize that His way is always the best way. Christians lean into God’s divine purpose. As Christians, our greatest desire should be to accomplish God’s purpose in our lives.
Christians also lean on each other. Independence is not always admirable; however, interdependence is a biblical principle that carries the idea of mutual healthy dependency. Christians understand the value of community…engage in it…and contribute to it.
Today, begin leaning on God. Be willing to accept help from other people. Stop carrying the “I can do it myself” to an extreme.
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Dear Father God, Thank You for placing people in my life, safe people that I can lean on. I pray Father that You will help me to listen to Your voice in everything I do. Teach me to accept help from You and from other people You send to me. I pray that pride won’t get in my way and I’ll be willing to ask for help. I pray this and all prayers in the name of the One who depended on You, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God!