Pamela Myers Palmer
Cling to God When It's Going Good
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed."
2 Corinthians 4:7-9
We have a tendency to let our faith go on autopilot when tough situations are finally over. When the battle is won, when the breakthrough has come, and when we're finally in the light at the end of the tunnel. We live as though we no longer have the need to cling to God. When each day is mild and predictable and when there are no pressing needs, we let go of the hem of His garment, we stop reading the Bible, we don't pray each day, fasting is over, and church becomes optional.
But it's not the hardships that give us reasons to trust God, draw closer to Him, and put our hope in Him. It's His unconditional love, His mercy, His compassion, His power, and His desire to know each of us. These are the real reasons we should cling to God, not just when we're in the storm, but always.
When life is going good, remember to keep hanging onto God.
When your life feels peaceful again, when each day is kind, when there's no mountain to move, keep pursuing God. Don't set your faith down. Don't settle on a mediocre relationship with God that depends on trials and suffering. Don't stop letting Him fill you up with joy, strength, wisdom and peace. God wants you all the time.
The reality is the temptations will come again. The storms will roll back in. The mountains will rise up, and we will find ourselves in desperate situations. And here's the crucial truth... if you've been leaning on God in your plentiful season, you will be greatly prepared for the fight ahead.
When you're prayed up, worshiped up, and close to the Lord, the battle you're in is going to feel a lot less overwhelming. It won't consume you, it won't lead you to fear, and it won't leave you lacking faith. The enemy wants to catch us off guard. He wants us to be distracted and relying on our own safety nets. But if in the good times you stay deeply rooted in Christ you won't be blindsided, you'll be ready.
Ready and strong in the Lord. You'll have your armor on. You'll be covered by the blood of Jesus. And just as the verse above explains, by the power of Christ through His work on the Cross, you will not be destroyed. God can strengthen you and prepare you for what is ahead when you stay grounded in Him.
Today, if you're in a season of goodness, and you're life is sweet, you've got no news and your days are fairly mundane, enjoy it! But remember to be ready and don't be fooled by the enemy. Cling to God. Praise Him. Worship Him. Read your Bible. Fast a meal. Cover yourself and your loved ones in prayer. Meditate on His word. Declare victory. Now. And be ready for what's ahead by standing on Christ as your firm foundation.
This Week’s Reading Plan
As you read the following passages this week, ask yourself these questions:
1) What verse comforts me that I can commit to memory?
2) What word or phrase stands out?
3) What am I learning about God from this? 4) How can I apply this to my life today?
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Author: Pamela Myers Palmer
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