Beware of allowing God's provision to take God's place!

Is it Time for You to Take a Dependency Inventory?

Sunday Scripture

The ticking of our truck’s hazard lights beat a cadence only a little faster than my pulse as we waited for roadside assistance. A blown tire on the mowing trailer (and a useless jack in the truck) had sidelined our plans for a productive Friday afternoon on the mowers, and I could see that this delay would mean my do-list for the day was going to need some adjusting.

Planning ahead, maintaining a list–these are behaviors that have served me well, but when the wheels come off my plans (quite literally!), it becomes obvious that my confidence has been resting on the fulfillment of my goals, on my ability to generate check marks, and on equipment that does what it’s supposed to do. A quick inventory of what I know to be true about God reminds me that he is not surprised by the flat tires that deflate my plans for a productive Friday.

God Wants Me to Depend on Him

Instead of relying on what I can see with my eyes or do with my own hands, God wants me to depend on him. He wanted King Asa of Israel’s Southern Kingdom to depend on him as well, and even sent prophets with special words of encouragement to help him along, but, in the end, King Asa chose to rely on the Syrian army. Thinking it was a force he could reckon with and feel good about, he engaged their help in defeating Israel rather than simply trusting God as he had in the past–with good results.

Following the battle, the prophet who came to King Asa with words of rebuke from God ended up in prison for his trouble, but you and I can learn from the mistakes of the past:

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.

2 Chronicles 16:9

A “blameless” heart depends on God and receives “strong support.”

When unforeseen contingencies bring a mandatory halt to your well-planned day, take a deep breath and, then, take a dependency inventory.

Who or what is your “Syrian army?”
A job?
A person?
A way of life?
A ministry you do well?

Beware of allowing God’s provision to take God’s place!

Taking inventory along with you today,

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43 thoughts on “Is it Time for You to Take a Dependency Inventory?”

  1. That verse reminds me of a lighthouse…searching for those that might have lost their way on the sea, and keeping them safe from the rocky shores. My mishap this week also involved a mower. My needed it badly, grandson came, mower battery dead. Charged several times over the next day, no luck. Grandson came next day to see if the charging worked. Nope, needed a brand new battery. I’ve always been one when there was a problem, I want to fix it immediately. God has shown me patience so I patiently waited another day or two for mowing to go attain the battery. In years past, I would have been chomping at the bit to have it fixed immediately. I am learning…never too old. 🙂

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  2. I can so relate to getting out of sorts when things don’t go according to what I have planned. This is an area I have to surrender to God frequently!

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  3. Always keeping God’s word at the top of everything else you do. I read a verse today (I can’t remember now which one it was) stating that God is not in the storm, or the hurricane but rather in the whisper that we hear after the storm. I am paraphrasing. I think that especially when things are stormy and out of control we need to listen for the whisper of God.

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  4. I love that 2 Chronicles Scripture, Michele. I so appreciate your encouragement today. I’m needing to depend on God in new ways as I begin a new ministry job. (And yes, I never want to allow God’s provision to take God’s place!)

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  5. Praise God for his ranging eyes, especially fixing his laser focus on his committed ones in need of supernatural strength. LOVE that verse! I, too, am one who can get bent out of shape when interruptions, delays, mishaps, or a sudden change of plans derails my preconceived agenda. Slowly I’m learning to look at such disappointments as HIS appointments–to minister to the one interrupting, to steer me in the direction of what God has for me instead of what I want to do, and to teach me patience and flexibility. I’m so thankful he never gives up on us slow learners (Philippians 1:6)!

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  7. One of my favourite verses and in the NIV it is ‘those whose hearts are fully committed to Him’ Great reflections to seek God’s face not His hand – not my quote, but not sure who it originated with….

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  8. I can get really frustrated about things like that. I’ve sometimes wondered why God didn’t guide my planning so as to avert or work around the obstacles or problems He knew were going to come. But I’m often reminded that His ideas of efficiency are different from mine. It’s such a subtle shift from trusting in my plans rather than Him directly, but it makes so much difference. Thankfully, He’s in the business of course corrections.

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    1. Oh, that’s such an important point about our definitions of “efficiency.” God is far less concerned about my output than I am, and I measure productivity in such a broken way at times. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Barbara!

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful lesson. When I was a teacher, I would get out of sorts if the lesson plan didn’t get completed. Then a very wise friend told me, “Remember,They’re plans, not written in stone. That’s why they’re called lesson plans.” Your post reminded me of what he taught me. Thank you so much!

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  10. Timely reminder! I often don’t realize how much trust I’m putting in things OTHER than God until I get stressed or disappointed. My trust must be in God first and foremost.

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    1. So true, and we set these narrow parameters in which it is possible for us to be “happy,” when our greatest treasure is to know God. It’s a real act of faith to say to Him, “I want most of all what YOU want for me.”

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  11. Michele – Sorry about the wheels coming off. However, I love the lesson you taught from it. I am a BIG list checker. I can get consumed with checking things off and not checking in with God. Thank you for sharing with Grace & Truth this morning. Your post was a great one for me to read this morning. Blessings, Maree

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  12. I can so relate to this, “it becomes obvious that my confidence has been resting on the fulfillment of my goals, on my ability to generate check marks, and on equipment that does what it’s supposed to do.” I am so there some days. Thanks for the reminder to depend on the right thing.

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    1. When I follow the path along my bad attitudes all the way back to what’s behind it, it’s not usually very pretty. Do I really think the set back that has me all in a dither was a surprise to God?

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  13. These are trying times and many of us, me included, are relying too much on the news, or feedback from others around us. Thank you for linking up and remind me of God’s faithfulness.

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  14. I think I have become much better at adapting to changing circumstances since having my children, especially my twins. Babies are unpredictable and don’t always conform to my intentions for the day so I think I am pretty good now at accepting that things won’t always go according to plan. My husband on the other hand is not so good. He gets so frustrated when the plan doesn’t work out! I have to make him see that there are still positives to the day and help him turn things around. Very challenging! I love this post, thank you so much for sharing with us at #globalblogging!

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    1. I think I’m more like your husband, and my husband is more like you! Isn’t it great that we have each other to help and to point out the positives when things have gone awry.

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  15. I think it is important to accept it when things go wrong and look for the altenratives which may be better than the original plan! Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

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  16. I want that “strong support” from God, Michele, but am afraid I too often rely on the Syrian army (though I would not have phrased it that way until I read this today)! “Beware of allowing God’s provision to take God’s place.” This is going to stick with me, my friend.

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    1. The lesson from the Old Testament has really stuck with me, and I’m afraid I also scan the horizon for a reinforcing army instead of turning to God.
      Always learning and growing!

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