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The Dependence in Independence Day

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You were sorry and humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I said against this city and its people--that this land would be cursed and become desolate. You tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says the LORD. So I will not send the promised disaster until after you have died and been buried in peace. You will not see the disaster I am going to bring on this city.'" So they took her message back to the king. 2 Kings 22:19-20 NLT

After battling British forces, the early colonists celebrated the fact that their dependence on one another made independence from the British monarchy possible.

The value of dependence in securing independence also appears in the histories of the kings of Judah and the Christian church.

After several evil and oppressive kings who had been slaves to foreign gods, Josiah came to the throne. He read the scriptures, humbled himself, and wept in God’s presence over the condition of his people. His overt dependence on the writings of Moses and the prophets freed the kingdom of Judah from personal and national oppression (2 Kings 22).

In Acts 11, the people’s dependence on God’s revelation to Peter freed Gentiles from centuries of spiritual exclusion. They praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life” (Acts 11:18 NIV).

The psalmist emphasized the importance of dependence on God when he wrote, “All creatures look to you” (104:27 NIV).

Do you live by a personal declaration of dependence on God?

Prayer: Lord, today help me understand that dependence on You is the only way to secure true and lasting independence.

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