St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church

Remember to Rely on God

Psalm 18:32—It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
If you’re anything like me, it is very easy to fall into the trap of self-reliance. Now, there is nothing wrong with growing in your skills and always learning so that you can do the task at hand as best as possible and without someone needing to hold your hand. But there is a difference between being lazy and relying on others when you need it. There is a difference between being good at what you do and turning yourself into an island.

When we become so focused on ourselves, two things usually happen: 1) we begin to resent people who don’t seem to be doing what we are doing; 2) we exhaust ourselves and risk burning out. But there is one other problem. We are falling into the temptation of thinking it all depends on me. We forget to look to our Lord for the strength, love, endurance, and blessings only he can give. The wonderful thing is, our Savior God has all the forgiveness we need when we’ve fallen into this trap. That’s why David speaks with complete confidence after the Lord delivered him from his enemies and evil king Saul:
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect (Psalm 18:32).

When you find yourself burning out, growing faint, or refusing help from those around you. Remember first and foremost who is your greatest help and strength—your Savior Jesus who fought the greatest battle there every was to fight. He fought and won for you! His strength will see you through this challenging time and every challenge you face.

I encourage you to read the whole of Psalm 18. It’s a great psalm about battling evil and the victory and security God gives us.