Wednesday, 18 August 2010
What will it take? (Part 2)
I often pull my hair out (no jokes) with people who come to God when things are going wrong in their lives and then stay at church for a few months and finally disappear not be seen again - of course, until the next crisis brings them back. God becomes a kind of 'doctor', but he never truly feels like a friend.
The reason I feel strongly about this, is not an issue of 'judgement', but rather from the point of Life. Jesus promised us the 'abundant life' (John 10:10) and that implies that through the struggles we face, we can know the hand of God with us. God will give us his peace and joy, through every circumstance - good, bad or ugly! God is delighted when we share our entire lives with Him. He takes delight in us as his children, but we treat him as a distant specialist.
So, what will it take for some people to come back into an awesome relationship with God? Sadly, for many, it will take:
1. Grief or loss
2. Financial crisis
3. Broken relationships
4. Uncertainty or fear
5. Needing urgent answers
8. ___________ (you fill in the blank)
Thankfully, God's incredible Grace, still receives us when we come to Him during these times and God gladly helps us through these crises. However, I am sure God would love to be in relationship with us, all year round, and then to guide us through the 'valleys' as a companion and friend.
Perhaps I am being too harsh? What do you think?
Living in Grace,
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