When God begins to bless you, your opportunities can outrun your strength, your experience and your resources. God’s blessings can actually “overtake” you (Deuteronomy 28:2). Imagine having more business than you can handle, more opportunities than you can respond to, more demands on your gift than you can fulfil. That’s the reason Jabez prayed, “When I’m successful, keep me dependent on You!” Why do you think the Bible says, “If riches increase, set not your heart upon them” (Psalm 62:10)? Or, “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you!” (Luke 6:26). God’s saying, “When you’re successful, don’t get out of balance. Keep first things first! Always lean on me!”
Big-screen heroes may not put much stock in dependence, but you and I were made for it. God’s plan has never been to make you great, but to keep you humble, and become great through you. Listen, “The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth, that he may strongly support those whose heart is completely His” (2 Chronicles 16:9 NAS). God wants to be your support system! He’s not scanning the horizon for spiritual giants; He’s just looking for people He can trust with more of His blessings.
Paul says, “Not that we think we can do anything of lasting value by ourselves. Our only power and success come from God” (2 Corinthians 3:5 NLT). For us, dependence is just another word for power! That’s why you need to pray today, “Lord, keep your hand on me!”