As Christians we go to God for a lot of things and rely on Him for a ton … as we should.
But, if we are honest with ourselves, I think we would admit that we have a hard time depending on Him when things are going well. He’s more like a fire extinguisher in our lives. When we have an emergency we go over to the wall, break the glass, pull out the fire extinguisher, point it at the problem and then spray … trying to put out the fire.
This is not God. This is not how a true relationship with God works.
In fact, this idea of God is not focused on God at all. It’s actually focused on ourselves. Rather than our purpose being serving Him, we view it as His role to serve us. This is a massive problem – both theologically and practically.
So, here are 2 really quick reminders to keep this straight:
1. Everything starts with God. Yes, He is Creator, but I’m thinking about more of a relational emphasis here. A relationship with God starts with Him, revolves around His strengths and will ultimately always point back to God. Religion revolves around us, our strengths (or weaknesses) and ultimately points back to us.
2. He, Himself, defines blessing. Blessing is not about avoiding pain or obtaining material comfort. Blessing is the fact that God, Himself, is with us through it all. Having God with us, personally, is what blessing is.