"And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”
Self-sufficiency is so deceptive.
It sounds noble.
It sounds wise.
It sounds strong.
But when it comes to God, we were created to be dependent on Him. We are intended to find our sufficiency in Him.
“Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,”
2 Corinthians 3:5
And these verses can be insulting to our pride. We want to be strong and independent and self-sufficient. Yet God comes to us and says that without Him we are helpless and hopeless.
But there is freedom in humility. There is a freedom found in admitting our weakness and our need for God. There is freedom in laying down our pride, in ceasing our struggle to be perfect, and in admitting our need for God.
Because deep down we all know we aren't perfect. Deep down we all have the sense that our success and strength and sufficiency is just a facad that could come crashing down at any moment. And in humility we find the ability to lay down our facade and accept grace.
Then, when our sufficiency and strength are no longer dependent on ourselves, we find a weight lifted. Instead they are dependent on an all-sufficient, all-powerful God.
And we are free.
Free from the weight of try-hard and do-good and self-sufficient. And it all hinges on humility.
Will we humble ourselves before God to find freedom?