"And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side." Judges 8:34
In America we have been some what concerned by what we see happening in our economy. Major corporations, financial institutions, states and other public businesses having economic problems are all besieging our government to give them a "bail out"- a helping hand to pull them out of the "mess" they are in and fix their troubles. Some have received a bail out, others are waiting and hoping. The thing that I have noticed is that once they receive the bail out money, they in their "relief" that the trouble is "passed" go on their "merry" way continuing to do as they have always done.
I bring this up because it reminds me of the way we tend to treat God. We get in trouble- either of our own doing or because of someone or something else- and we turn to God for help. We ask Him to intervene, to come to our rescue, make a way, give us a solution, fight our battle, solve our problem--- "bail us out!" In His loving grace and mercy He does. But sadly, once He does, we go on our "merry" way, just glad the problem is resolved or the crisis is over. We soon forget the promises and vows that we made to Him if He would just help us. We forget His goodness, His mercy, the miracles that He performed to bring about our answer. Our gratitude is momentary. He is soon forgotten... until the next time we need help.
Tell me, what's wrong with this picture. Where our nation is concerned I see a lot wrong with the picture. But it's even worse when we adopt the same mentality toward God. Yes, we should cry out to Him for help- He is our helper and He is the only one who can help us. But we shouldn't forget Him, neglect Him or go back to our same way of living once He has helped us. We don't "use Him" to get what we want or need then "discard" Him once He's "bailed us out". We need Him desperately in the good times and bad times, in the times of need and lack as well as in the times of plenty. He is not just our "problem solver", He is our God- our object of worship. He isn't just our provider- He is the one we love and adore. He is our desire at all times not just in times of need.
Have a great day. We don't run to Him when we need help then forget Him once the crisis is over.