In-Dependence on God



In a day and age when people speak so much about freedom and envy freedom, dependence on God becomes a very relevant topic. St. Paul, who probably considered himself independent before he met Christ, acclaimed that the strength and grace that comes through a total dependence on God when he said, “God’s power is perfected in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me”. (2Cor 12:9)

Is God dependent on anything? God is independent of everything. He is a Creator God. He alone is the self existing one. God is the only entity in the universe that is self sustaining. He is the source of life for everything. Everything one owes their existence to Him. God does not need us but we need God.

From the very beginning of time, God is creating the world, directing the causes of nature for millions of years so that human beings can have a comfortable life. He has given the whole of creation to humanity.  We find in the Old Testament, the image of a Father who stoops dawn and lovingly embraces his people. “How Yahweh carried you, as a man carries his child, all along the road you travelled on the way to this place”. (Dt 1:31). We do not depend upon God only for air to breathe, for food to eat, for a house to live, for clothes to wear, for comfort to enjoy life – but we depend upon God for our very being and existence. Paul writes in Acts 17:28 “We live and move and have our being in God”. Such is our dependence upon God that if He were to remove His upholding hand we would not merely die but we would cease to exist. So, we depend on God for our life, well being, daily bread and protection.

From womb to tomb, we depend on God. Fulton Sheen has rightly said, “Our declaration from tyranny requires a declaration of dependence on God.”


Fr. George Beck SJ