I saw this picture earlier this month and I have been thinking a lot about it. My first reaction while reading it was: right, self-reliance got us in trouble in the first place!
Let’s go back to the garden of Adam and Eve for a second. They were depending on God for everything, having a perfect relationship with Him and lacking nothing. Came the serpent and he suggested that maybe, just maybe they could be like God; maybe just maybe they could rely on themselves to determine good and bad, right and wrong. He suggested that maybe this relationship wasn’t sufficient and they needed to rely on something else; themselves. The minute Adam and Eve made the decision to eat the fruit; they made the decision to do it on their own. They made the decision to rely on themselves and not on God anymore. Right away, consequences came.
It always amazes me when people talk about sins with an S. I believe the biggest sin and the source of all others is when we decide to start doing it on our own. The minute we make the decision that we can make decisions for ourselves is the minute that we get in trouble. The minute we think we can do it without the need of a Savior, is the minute that we sink into our humanity.
I believe that to some extent, we do it every day: we try to do it on our own. We trust God for big things but try to do our list of little things on our own and we get in trouble. I think that God may bring this trouble to remind us that we need Him and sometimes, the trouble is the consequence of our decision.
This year has been a big year for me to rely on God for everything. I have learned, through ups and downs, that I can’t do it on my own and I can’t rely on myself: I’ll fail for sure. I have learned to rely on God for my marriage, for my school, for my job, for my daily walk. Relying on Him is not a onetime thing; it is renewable every minute of the day.
The minute Adam and Eve relied on themselves; they died because they were not plugged to the source anymore. But thanks be to God “In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead” – 2 Corinthians 1:9. I thank God because He is the life and all I need to do is to stay plugged to Him and keep relying on Him.
Do me a favor, rely on Him!