Greetings ladies! Welcome to the new site!
I’ve been working for the past few weeks on transitioning to a WordPress site (before I was with Squarespace). I never realized all the technological aspects of operating a blog, and although I am a fairly technologically savvy person I been confused quite a few times.
I am grateful that having a relationship with God is so simple. It’s unlike having a relationship with people. It’s so much greater than any relationship we could ever have with anyone.
God doesn’t play games, He doesn’t make us jump through hoops, He doesn’t fake on us to get us to like Him more. He just loves us. He unequivocally (which means, in a way that leaves NO doubt) loves each and every one of us and is available to us 24/7.
That’s such an awesome opportunity. I am grateful for my relationship with my Creator, but I struggle oftentimes with obedience.
You see, when times get tough, it makes sense to turn to God. Atheists say that people who need God are weak, and need a crutch to lean on in order to make it through life. Everyone leans on something or someone to get through each day, just some people choose wrongly to lean on people (including themselves) rather than God. Many people (including myself) did not fully turn to Him until we got sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I have found it’s actually a challenge to stay focused on the Lord when times are good. The Israelites experienced this many times. When they were slaves in Egypt they cried out to God, but once they had been freed and were on their way to the promised land– all they could do was complain. It can be easy to take God and His gifts for granted. It can be easy to ignore Him when you got the husband you had prayed for, or when you finally get the promotion you fasted for. Now that times are good and you have everything that you want, it’s easy to push Him to the side.
Whereas before you were keeping His commandments, praying daily and worshipping at the church in order to be blessed, now you are spending all your time with the man He blessed you with. All because you got what you wanted, and it shows that you wanted the gift more than you wanted the Giver.
The Bible says in Hebrews 12:14 that without Holiness, no man will see God. Holiness is a daily demand. We cannot continue to walk holy and circumspectly with the Lord without spending time with Him. He gives us the strength, desire, and ability to please Him.
So, as I look at all my friends who are living it up and reveling in God’s blessings, please know how happy I am for you. I am so glad that you are happy, healthy, wealthy and whole. I have been blessed mightily, and pray that I continue to give God the glory. I just hope that we remember to keep God first– when times are tough, and when times are great.
Have a great Tuesday!