Daily Devotional for Sunday September 27, 2009
How Often do We Look to the Lord in Our Time of Need
How often do we look to the Lord in our time of need, and once things are going better, seem to forget He even exists. When the pressure is on, when the world is crashing down around us, we will usually turn to God for help. We will usually turn to God to save us from, in most cases, the consequences of our own rebellion. God is faithful and loves us, and as things start to get better, we often forget His name.
So many days I address the problems and struggles of every day life with you. Most days, I focus on how to get through the storms of life and be victorious. But today I want to focus on those times when things are NOT going bad. Those times when you are NOT in the midst of a storm or crisis.
Just as we need to turn to God in our hour of need, so we need to turn to God in our hour of blessing. It is usually those times of blessing that we end up getting in trouble because it is in the hour of blessing we often forget God. If you have ever listened to anything I have told you, listen to this.
IT IS USUALLY IN OUR HOUR OF BLESSING THAT WE END UP GETTING IN TROUBLE, BECAUSE IT IS IN OUR HOUR OF BLESSING THAT WE OFTEN FORGET GOD!!!
This is a very simple word for you today. It is not complicated. It is a simple warning for God to NEVER forget the Lord your God. Most of you are not in the middle of any great crisis and your life is going well. Many of you are enjoying the Lord's blessings in your life. Again I tell you. Don't forget God in the good times.
I have always used those seasons of blessing to try and focus even harder on my intimate daily relationship with the Lord because there are always going to be problems and challenges in this life. I have tried to strengthen myself in those seasons of rest so that when the storms do come, and they will come, I am better prepared to handle them. You might call it preventive spiritual maintenance.
I love you and care for you and am praying for you. My prayer for you today is that you will recognize your daily need for the Lord no matter how bad things may be presently, or how great things may be. Focus on Him each and every day. Let Him be the center of your life in the good times and the difficult times. He loves you, blesses you because of His love for you, and wants you to never ever forget that He is your God. Don't forget Him.
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller