Occasional God

But I am trusting you, O LORD, saying, “You are my God!” ~ Psalm 31:14 (NLT)

I’ve known several teens who like to play a game I call “The Occasional Boyfriend” (or girlfriend as the case may be). Here’s what that looks like. They find a person whom they know is attracted to them and they flirt until they finally become an official couple. Then, the object of their affection does something which upsets them. So, they break up with that person. Then, a little while later, they begin flirting with the person once more and boom! They’re back together again. Everything is right once more! But, then a short time later, the renewed object of their affection does something which irritates them. Break-up # 2 occurs. This pattern repeats itself for far too long. To say that this behavior is unhealthy is an understatement.

Unfortunately, we sometimes do the same thing with God.

It’s easy to worship, praise, and proclaim the goodness of God when His blessings seem to be pouring right on top of your head. Your health is good, your family is amazing, your coworkers or classmates aren’t irritating you. Life is good!

But, then there are the times in life when things are going horribly wrong. A family member or friend dies unexpectedly. That addiction you thought was going away comes roaring back. Your job is now making your life miserable. It seems the blessings have dried up.

So, what happens? Far too often we stop worshipping God. We don’t offer up praises anymore. We question His motives and ways of leading. We flash out in anger at the fact that someone died, and He didn’t stop it. So, we distance ourselves from Him. This type of behavior is unhealthy. Are we truly only using God for the times when He makes us feel good?

King David knew a thing or two about going through rough times, and his life can be an example of worshiping an occasional God (As-in, when it suited him). But, he learned that God is always there. He’s always working for us. That is why he penned our verse today, “But I am trusting you, O LORD, saying, “You are my God!” Notice, this verse doesn’t say “I’m trusting in you when things are going right.” Nope. He is either our God all the time, or none of the time.

No matter what you’re going through in life, put your trust in God. He will never fail you. He will always love you. And, He alone can rescue you.

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