For Better or Worse

"Will the evildoers never learn-

those who devour my people as men eat bread

and who do not call on God?"

--Psalm 53:4


It seems that every so many years God allows some catastrophe to overwhelm our nation, and sometimes the world. Many people ask "Why?" when these things happen. World wars, different pandemics, unprovoked attacks, etc. Many times there is an initial crying out to God. He is one that people will ask why, and He is the one that people will look to for saving and relief. However, I have found this to be true as well, once the crisis is abated all of those cries to God, and the help received, and the promises made are quickly forgotten as we slip back into our old routine. I remember after 9/11 the amount of people who were saying "God bless America" and asking for Him to protect us, within weeks going back to relying on themselves and again saying "There is no God" (Psalm 53:1) by their actions and words.


God is not a God for crisis alone. He is the one who will ALWAYS walk with you. He is the Father who is by your side for weddings, births, victories, gatherings, etc. as well as the Father who holds you when the crisis comes, but He is not there to be used.


Many people have been crying out to God as this "pandemic" has been changing our landscape, but as it continues many have gone back to their old ways of dealing with things. God isn't working fast enough. He isn't meeting their needs as they think He should and they turn away.


One of the reasons God allows trials to come is that He wants us to see that we need Him. Not just in that time, but for all the time. "Will the evildoers never learn-...who do not call on God?" All of these things that happen are opportunity for us to show others that God is who gets us through and that they can follow Him too. That they would know that "salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!"(Psalm 53:6)


Salvation did come out of Zion through Jesus. And He walks with me and talks with me and tells me I am His own...in the good times and the bad.


Doug



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