by Shane Williams
via The Lilbourn Light, Vol. 8, No. 11, March 2008.
Some people pray only after a catastrophe. This "quick fix" mentality sees God mainly as a problem solver. When solutions come, God may or may not be thanked. After that, He is more or less forgotten until the next crisis.
Psalm 106 contains a serious warning against dismissing God from our lives -- as if that were possible.
Israel had a tendency to take the Lord's mercies for granted. God called this action "rebellion" (Psalm 106:7). The Psalmist then talks about what happened after God had done such wonderful things for them (parting of the Red Sea, defeating their enemies, etc.).
"They soon forgot His works; they did not wait for His
counsel, but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tested
God in the desert. And He gave them their request, but sent
leanness into their soul" (Psalm 106:13-15).
They ended up with malnourished souls because they chose to ignore Him. What a lesson for us!
We should anticipate great things from God, but don't expect Him to just be there when you are having a difficult time. Instead, we should be the ones who are eager to fulfill His Will.
God is not one that we simply dismiss when our needs are met, like a slave. He is NOT there to serve us. Rather we are here to serve Him. Let us cling to Him as if our lives depended on it because, in fact, they do!