Self reliance is good right?

Europe ©salzano


Whenever God shows me something twice or more in one day I know from experience to take notice. 
Yesterday I was reading one devotional and it was expounding the verses Isaiah 50:11  then I went on to read where I had left off in my study bible and it "just happened to be Isaiah 50 also.  
This is one of those very important lessons to people like me who was raised to think and not incorrectly in the physical realm that one must take responsibility to provide for themselves.  To be SELF reliant.  

But God shows us a new reliance after He calls us and a Warning if we do not change our focus:
Isaiah 50:10,11

Who among you fears the Lord
    and obeys his servant?
If you are walking in darkness,
    without a ray of light,
trust in the Lord
    and rely on your God.
11 
But watch out, you who live in your own light
    and warm yourselves by your own fires.
This is the reward you will receive from me:

    You will soon fall down in great torment.

 We know that to "fear" the Lord is not to be afraid like to be afraid of someone bad but" to respect and be awe of", this is the beginning of true knowledge Prov 1:7
The sentence "Who live in your own light" means that those who are SELF reliant, not God reliant. Who boost up themselves and proclaim either to others or just in their own eyes that they have what they have by their own power, might and knowledge.  

flowers from England ©salzano

We must learn to stop relying on our own ideas and methods.  We do not know what is best for ourselves or others.  Only God does.  We will never follow God and be instep with His ways like Christ is unless we can learn this lesson.  My dad used to say " Two horses can not pull the wagon unless they be in step with each other". One cannot be pulling to the left and the other to the right or having one horse wanting to trot and the other to plod.  They must be in unison to accomplish the goal and God will only have saints who will be instep with His perfect way for the future plans.

Also take note of the word "obeys" in verse 10.  Here is the meaning in Strong's
shâma‛
shaw-mah'

A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience,  attentively,  consent, diligently, discern, give ear, (cause to, let, make to) hear listen,  (be) obedient, obey, perceive, publish,  understand, whosoever [heareth], witness.

Thus we are to hear and pay attention, agree with, be obedient in, Publish and be a witness too. 
So no, self reliance is not the same as God reliant!  Be God reliant and walk in righteousness. 

Taking the words piece by piece and studying the intent we find jewels of wisdom.  

God in Heaven I pray for your anointing on this writing and in my small efforts to expound your truth that it will be understood in your intent.  God bless anyone who reads and wants to sincerely understand and grow in your Grace and Love.  In Jesus Name I pray, Amen! 


all photos are ©salzano   
                    


Popular Posts