One afternoon, my little grandson got in the car, obviously annoyed.
One of his friends had been very attentive as long as a treat was in hand; but as soon as the treat was gone, so was the friend.
This had happened several times! Crossing his arms, Max announced that this time, he’d had enough!
I told him this was called being a ‘fair weather friend’ and it always hurts when we are used that way then tossed aside. Cautioning him to always be attentive to his friends, no matter what they had to ‘give’, we prayed together for his opportunistic acquaintance.
Sometimes, we see God as just a bad weather God. When life’s troubles hit, we find time for prayer, church and Bible study. After the Holy Spirit directs us and leads us out of our troubles, we forgot about God–again.
The children of Israel did the same thing. Again and again, they turned to God in trouble then turned away from Him (read Judges, First/Second Kings)
Sometimes, they even thought that their blessings came by their own hand rather than the hand of God! (Deut. 8:17-18)
Like the Israelites, crisis over, we so often forget God’s faithfulness. When we stop seeking God, we deny ourselves the strength and joy of His presence.
If we seek God only in times of trouble, there is no joy of relationship, only an awareness of need. Our God is an every day God. He created us to enjoy the pleasure of His company.
When we seek God only in the storms of life, we rob ourselves of a relationship that continues into eternity and quite literally, risk losing everything we have. (Deuteronomy 8:19-20)
Deuteronomy 8: 10-11 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.