There is a principle in the Bible that is not often mentioned when talking about what the Bible teaches. We often remember faith, love, hope, stewardship, and other important ideas, but one that is just as significant is dependency. We may not even be aware of what is meant by that word in scripture. For an example of where we find this idea, let us look at Psalm 127.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.”
This song written by Solomon is one in which he glorifies God, and submits to his proper dependence upon Him. Notice how even building a home is pointless unless God is involved, must less guarding a city. Solomon is saying that the most important aspect of planning and national security is to ensure that God is with you. Truly “…If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
Notice the benefit of being utterly dependent on God: “…He gives His beloved sleep”. This reminds me of a very helpful passage that deals with stress. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Another blessing that comes from utter dependence on God is the blessing of family. Not everyone in scripture was able to bear children, so we are not to think that if we do not have offspring we are not depending on God, but the application was certainly true for a man who had that many wives and concubines.
What’s the point of this? To remind us that while we have no issue identifying grace, love, hope and other meaningful themes in scripture, there are others which are not as well known. Dependency on God is a perfect example of an attribute that we should display which is not as well known. May God continue to shine the light of His Word on us as we continue on learning at His feet.