Where do we go when we’re in trouble?
Who do we turn to when something bad happens to us?
Most of us will turn to God at these times. Even if we’ve never prayed before, we will often give it a try when the situation is bad enough.
When we’re in big trouble, we find it’s worth a couple of minutes to float up a prayer or 2, asking God to save us.
God tells us in Jeremiah 2 that the Israelites were doing the same thing. The people had turned their backs on God – until they got into trouble. Then they would ask God to save them from their terrible situation.
Why do people do this?
Because underneath all the lies that have been fed into our brains, we recognize our Creator.
We sense his power and activity in our world.
Even when we know nothing else about him, we hear his voice in our heads. We call it our ‘conscience’. But our conscience has a name – God.
And, it’s true that his voice gets more and more faint the farther we get from God.
Even so, when we’re in trouble, when we’re in a situation where we have no control, we know who does.
And we naturally turn to him.
If that’s the only time we go to God, we are really missing it!
We are missing the strength he can give us to live our lives with purpose everyday.
We miss the love God can shower on us each day as he walks closely beside us.
We miss the grace God has for us as we make mistakes, learn from them and grow.
We miss the joy God can give us as he fills our lives with his truth and light.
We miss the wisdom God can give us so can make good decisions – choosing the best path for our lives.
If you are missing any of these things in your life, today is a good day to turn your face towards God and grow your daily personal relationship with him.
He will still be there when you’re in trouble. He will actually be closer and you’ll be able to hear him better.
And you won’t be missing all of the blessings he has for you each day.
Today is a great day to make that decision.
You have nothing to lose.
We love you, Abba Father.