Sunday, July 3, 2016

Celebrating Dependence Day

by Danetta Kellar @DanettaKellar

Then Moses said to (the Lord), “If your Presence does not go with us; do not send us up from here.” -Exodus 33:15, NIV

Every Christian must make a decision about his state of reliance. Do I depend upon my own authority or one outside myself? 

Do I rely upon a source beyond myself for sustenance and strength, wisdom, and guidance? Will I yield my own thoughts to a greater Thinker, One whose thoughts are higher than my own?

This decision will determine the course of every man’s life. Dependence is generally scorned and despised. Wars have been fought , blood spilled and lives lost to shed its bonds. The great civilizations of the world have risen to dominance through the path of independence.

But independence has not led to world peace and eternal happiness, financial and social equality, health and prosperity.

Something in the fight for freedom has been overlooked. Something is missing in our strategies.

Freedom for every man, woman and child can come from only one place: dependence upon God. We were created for dependence that brings life, healing, wisdom and peace. Dependence upon God, present with Man, leading him, guiding him, making him free indeed.

Moses understood this. When asked to go forth into a new way of life, a new land, a new vocation, he boldly dug his heels in the sand and presented God, who called him friend, an ultimatum. If your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. This statement sounds impertinent to the casual reader, but upon close examination we realize that Moses was desperately dependent upon God. He knew himself, and he knew the people he was asked to lead. They had not been able to free themselves. Their tendency was toward bondage. Without God’s presence with them, they would surely return to the enslavement they had known.

If I examine my life right now, can I say I have dug my heels in the sand, refusing to go forth unless the Lord’s Presence goes with me? On whom do I depend? Myself, my thoughts, logic, and plans, or have I sought His to the point of waiting stubbornly until I am sure He goes with me?

We cannot stop God’s plans for us by waiting for Him. He is pleased with our desire to go forth with Him, and He knows each of us by name. (v. 17)

Let us mark a new holiday of the heart this year. Dependence Day.

Lord, I want to depend solely upon you. If your Presence does not go with me, do not send me up from here, at this place in my life, right now. Show me Your path for my life. Amen

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Danetta Kellar is a writer, blogger, and speaker. Her interesting life has taken her around the globe, where she has had the privilege to witness firsthand the transformation of women from all walks of life and culture as they exchange lies for the Truth found in Christ. 

Her writing flows out of this rich experience and her own continual search for treasures in life’s darkness. Connect with Danetta online through her blog, Riches Out of Darkness, and on Facebook, or Twitter. 


  1. Danetta, I Love This. Thank you for reminding me of who I depend on.

    1. Thank you for reading, Cherrilynn Bisbano. We all need to remind ourselves often. Have a lovely day!

  2. Not a popular message in today's world of self-sufficiency and independence from God--but when did the truth of the principles of God's Word ever depend on its popularity? Well written!

    1. Thank you Dennis! May we grow more dependent on God each day. Blessings!

  3. Your words have given the right message for the right time. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for reading and encouraging, Sharon. Blessings to you today!