“How could they be so stupid?”
That question came up several times in our Bible study concerning the people who literally walked side-by-side with Jesus, yet didn’t believe. Sadly, the same thing happened with the Israelites in the Old Testament as they made a metal cow before Moses made it down the mountain with the Ten Commandments. And the same thing is happening today with us.
The answer is that people forget about God when everything is going great.
But let something like a terrorist attack or an over-bearing Pharoah come into play and everyone wants a piece of the Protector. This time of year we like to reminisce about 9/11 and honor those who lost their lives in 2001. It’s great that we remember and pay reverence to that day in our history. Yet, I wonder if we’ve lost reverence in our everyday lives.
I’m the first to admit that I don’t pray for our nation – or world – as I should. I often don’t ask God for wisdom or thank Him for the little things in my life that seem like a miracle of blessings compared to many others. However, the fact that I have the technology and freedom to write this blog is a huge blessing in itself.
This year has had a lot of dips and turns for many people in my life. And while struggles are never fun, they do draw us closer to God. An unfermented lemon sneaking in to sour our day isn’t always bad if it reminds us that we need God. But enough days of sunshine and lemonade can sometimes lead us to feel like “we’ve got this” on our own.
Just think about all the times you’ve seen a quote or meme that talks about trusting God in the hard times. Instagram is crawling with them. Don’t get me wrong, I love uplifting quotes like this, and we do need to trust God when things are bad.
But do we also trust Him when we’re sipping lemonade instead of sucking lemons?
This is something I want to be more intentional about doing. Not that making it a priority to thank God for all things and pray without ceasing will guarantee a trouble-free life. Thanks to Adam and Eve, we live in a fallen world where bad things happen to everyone – the good, the bad and the ugly. (And even the pretty.)
Speaking of good times, Adam and Eve really did have everything perfect for a while. And even they couldn’t keep in perfect fellowship with the Creator! Since the first guy and girl couldn’t keep it together long enough for anyone else to enjoy the Garden that has to say a lot about the human condition.
There’s no way we can live in perfect fellowship with the Father each day, but I’m determined to at least do better than before. Here are some questions we can ask to keep ourselves in check when we’re living it up on lemonade.
Self-reflection for fellowship with the Father:
- What have I thanked God for today?
- Have I prayed today for those in authority?
- When was the last time I stopped to enjoy God’s creation?
- What is something I can do to bless someone else today?
As I said, we will all fail many, many times. But I’ve found out with anything in life that if I make a list of goals (or questions like those above) to keep myself in check, it gets easier.