We forget God. This is a topic that’s preached frequently, and yet we still do it, we forget Him, maybe that’s why it’s preached frequently. When things are going well, finances, health, relationships, everything is stable, we forget to make time for God. That is until things start going bad again. And they will, they always do because that’s how life down here works. How do we prepare for the hard times that will come our way? First of all, I’d like to matter-of-factly tell you I speak from real experience. I’m not trying to relate to you, I undoubtedly can. Oftentimes when I write these blogs it’s because I’m walking into a storm, in the middle of a storm, or just came out of one. We all are. Some storms are smaller than others just like some are category-5 hurricane sized storms. Those cat-5s are where you find out who you are, but we’ll talk about that another time. Let’s talk about the smaller (but still hard) storms of life.
It does beg the question initially, “how could one forget God?” Much like the Israelites did right after they crossed the Red Sea (y’all know this is my favorite topic). When Moses went to the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments, he was gone for 40 days. In those 40 days the Israelites built a golden calf and began to worship it. 40 days!! Moses literally came down the mountain and God was like, “never mind, they’re back at it again.” Ugh. I bet Moses was tiiirreeeddd of these people. He was mad, so much so that he destroyed those tablets (spoiler alert–God remakes them, obvi).
Sound familiar? Yeah, it does to me too. In short, we are the Israelites. We forget to thank God when times are good. A one-sided relationship with our Creator. To put it in context and provide an example it’s like a friend that only comes around when they need something from you. They thank you so much in the hard times after you’ve provided whatever they need. Then when life is going well for them you never hear from them. It’s had to have happened to you at least once. But we learn and distance ourselves from them once we realize their intent. Now flip the script and imagine yourself as the needy and selfish one. Ouch! This is where we take an honest look at ourselves and ask the question that begs to be answered, “Is this me? Is this how I am with God?” What if God was like us and separated Himself from us because he tired of our behavior? And this is where we decide to grow in our faith or continue on down the same path. Will God continue to help you out of these dire straits that keep coming your way? Yes, but there should be lessons learned and behavior changed. If you love one another and follow His commands He will make you SOAR, He promised us this.
Whether the waters are beginning to rock your boat, you’re in the middle of a cat-5 hurricane, or God has already rescued you and the waters are calming, He will never leave you. But we must always remember to hold onto Him, even when the waters begin to calm. Because life with Him is easier to handle than life without Him. He provides peace that passes all understanding during your storms and makes a way where there seems to be no way. Thank you, God for your faithfulness.