Jeremiah 2:27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.
Children are naughty by nature? You tell them “Don’t get into the cookies.” A minute later, the child is gone. Where are they? In the cookie jar, enjoying what you told them not to. Then, when you walk up behind them and ask, “what are you doing,” it scares the socks off them. Why? Not because they’ve realized cookie’s will spoil their appetite for the nutritious meal you’ve planned. Nor because they’re sorry that they’ve done this and will never do it again. (Yeah right!) Why are they upset? “THEY GOT CAUGHT!”
Before you get too upset with the little one’s, think about this. When times are going good and everything’s ok, do you spend as much time communicating with God as when things are bad? If things are going good, we find lots of things to do besides spending time praying. An occasional “thanks God” seems sufficient. But let things get bad and we’re on our knees crying, “Oh God help us.” The worse things are, the more time we spend with Him. Yet, it’s often not until WE GOT CAUGHT! Caught neglecting God. Caught making other things more important than God. Caught falling in love with something else, until it becomes an idol that has taken the place of God. I wonder if sometimes God doesn’t allow trying times in our life, just so we’ll stop, and talk with Him a bit. Our lives become so complacent with God and others that we spend days, busy around each other, but we never really talk. It’s time to talk to those we love.
Could it be that our days would be better and less trying if we spent more of our good time with one another and God, and not just our sad times? I love to talk with happy people more than I do mad people. I believe God does too!
How much time have you spent with those you love?
Living In His Word Ministries
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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director