Dependence is the state of relying on or needing someone or something for aid, support, or the like. As Christians we are instructed to depend on God. We can find this instruction in the book of Proverbs. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). The Psalmist reminds us that our “help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2). Paul tells the church in Philippi to “not worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). And Peter reminds his readers to “casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7). The Bible doesn’t only instruct us to depend on God, it also warns us of the consequences if we leave Him out. “The one who trusts in himself is a fool…” (Proverbs 28:26). And Jeremiah 17:5 doesn’t mince words when it says, “This is what the LORD says: The man who trusts in mankind, who makes flesh his strength and turns his heart from the LORD is cursed.”
This of course doesn’t give us license to be lazy, or do nothing. The verse, “God helps those who help themselves”, is not found in the Bible. We must remember that we cannot even exist without God. We can do nothing save ourselves. We cannot defeat death. We cannot be sinless. We cannot atone for our own sins. We must depend on God. But we must depend on Him for more than just salvation and eternity. We have to depend on Him to supply our needs. Shortly after Paul tells the Philippians to not worry, he tells them why, in Philippians 4:19 he writes, “my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Please note that Paul says “all your needs” not “all your wants”.) We depend on God because He loves and cares for us.
There is a reason Jesus tells us to be like children (Matthew 18:3, 19:14, Mark 10:14, Luke 18:16), because children are dependent.