“‘Who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 30:21)
“When I need you, I’ll call you.” That’s what I wrote as the reason I wanted to unsubscribe from email advertisements from a company I’ve done business with. I didn’t need them to barrage me with their weekly deals and specials. When I want a pizza, I’ll order it from you. Otherwise – just leave me alone. Sounds like the way a lot of people treat God doesn’t it? “When I need you, I’ll call you, otherwise, stay out of my business.”
September 16, 2001 was one of the highest attended Sundays in churches across the nation. It was the Sunday after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the world was turning to God in our shared grief and shock. We needed Him. We were hurting, confused, broken. But the Sundays following the 16th saw a steady drop off in attendance each week. The immediate moment of crisis was over and we didn’t need God anymore. That is until the next crisis. And here we come again. I’m not criticizing, truth is, I’ve treated God like a pizza chain many times in my life. I need to place an order God
Yes, God wants you and me to come to Him in our time of need. But if we only come to Him in times of need, we have no relationship with Him. And God wants a love relationship with us. He wants us to know Him as more than a magic genie we can pop up when we have a problem. He wants you to know Him as a loving Father who cares about every aspect of your life, even when all is calm (does that ever happen?). He wants to help you grow. He wants to build you up. He wants to use you in His Kingdom work. He wants to give you good blessings. And the greatest blessing He offers is nothing less than Himself.
God loves you. He wants to show you “great and unsearchable things” about Himself, about truth, and about you. You don’t just need God in a crisis Beloved, you need Him every moment of every day. He is what life is all about. Don’t miss out on the greatest love you’ll ever know.