What I Read Today:
2 Corinthians 2; Mark 6; Ezekiel 20; Proverbs 7-8; 2 Samuel 20
Isn’t it amazing how people come running back to God when things fall apart? I guess you could say that at least they know enough to go back to God. Some people bounce in and out of the church when a crisis occurs in their lives.
The nation of Israel had done that for centuries. God gives them a history lesson in Ezekiel 20. You can almost hear God’s head shaking. I wonder if God looks at us and rolls his eyes when we come running back to him during a crisis. Does he feel like we do when our kids decide to climb a tree that we’ve repeatedly told them not to climb and then the limb they’re on breaks, and they fall to the ground and get hurt?
Despite his disappointment with us, God doesn’t turn his back on us. When we genuinely turn back to him, God is waiting with open arms.
In Ezekiel 20:33-44, God promises that those who are indeed returning to God will welcome back. Those who are using God as a crutch, however, will find that he might not be as welcoming.
God wants us to be his all the time. He’s looking for us to follow him because we love him. God doesn’t need followers who come running to him every time they fall out of a tree. He wants followers who seek him every day. God is not interested in followers who use him when they are in trouble then return to the very lives they led before coming to him. God will not be a worry stone that we rub in times of difficulty expecting God to drop what he’s doing and run to our rescue.
God is gracious and merciful. Stay in love with God every day. He’ll be there in times of pain and times of joy if we let him.