In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
When things are going well, it’s easy to be on cloud nine. But I’m learning how important it is to keep seeking and talking to God even when all is grand. It’s a true testament of faith when we can trust Him during bad times, and when we do we seek His counsel desperately. When we’re content and comfortable, He is even more worthy of that desperation. Just like He walks with us up the mountain, He’s beside us while we’re on solid ground.
But when things are swell, when we have everything we ever think we could need and there isn’t a cloud in the sky, it’s easy to think “I can skip church this Sunday,” or “I am taken care of so I don’t need to seek God’s counsel this week.”
As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. 1 Chronicles 28:9
That’s not the case. Even when life is grand, we need God. We need him to guide us and with him we can learn for more than we could learn on our own. The money can be flowing in, our family can be safe and healthy, we can be in love, we can land that amazing job; we think that God’s working in our lives — he’s present, so it’s fine. During these times, we need to seek God more than ever to keep leading us in the right direction; to allow us to see what we can and need to be doing for others, and how we can cherish all of those blessings. When we feel like we have a learned a lesson and there isn’t any turmoil to muddle through, God is always preparing something to open our eyes, change our perspective and enhance our hearts.
I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I will give thanks to your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness, because your promises are backed by all the honor of your name. Psalm 138:2