When do you stop trusting God? That was a question posed to my group in a recent bible study. Most people in the group thought about dark times in their life. Times when they were at a real low. A loved on may have died, they lost an important job, their family was actively dysfunctional or some other unfortunate event shook their faith. My answer was different. I never had the experience of not trusting God in bad times. I never blamed God for my problems. I stop trusting God, when things are really good.
When my bills are paid, my wife and I are getting along, the kids are healthy and my job situation is great, I forget to trust God and do the things which produced the blessings. I don’t read my bible as much, I don’t dedicate time to meditate daily and I don’t think about God. I think I’ve got everything handled. As I recognized this, I realized just how dangerous it could be. I needed a way to destroy this thought process.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
2 Corinthians 4:18 clearly distinguishes worldly things from eternal things and gives insight into where our focus should be. If we can maintain an eternal mindset, our perception of worldly items providing security will vanish.
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14
James 4:14 should make us think about the flimsiness of this life. What worldly security can protect against an unseen future event? None of them can be more secure than the love of our God.
I’ve learned that good times are probably the best times to develop a relationship with God. Without an over-arching stress in our life, we can process the word of God in a more comprehensive way. As a leader, you should learn to identify things that can rattle your faith and how to proactively prepare for that day. It’s coming.