Hi, friends. In today’s post, we ask ourselves, how deep is our faith? Are we fair weather friends with God?
Fair weather friends are people we can have fun with but can’t lean on in times of hardship.
Fair weather friends with God love God in a superficial way. They (we) throw around phrases like “Just give me Jesus” and “God is good” when their lives are sailing smoothly, but when they find themselves driving down Rocky Road, God is nowhere in sight. In hard times, fair weather friends succumb to anxiety, fear, bitterness, hopelessness, anger, and self-pity.
Fair weather friends in our lives vs. fair weather friends with God differ in one way. Some fair weather friends with God do turn to Him AFTER the negative emotions listed above have wreaked havoc on their mental, physical, and spiritual health. At that point, their prayers do not come from a place of trust; they come from a place of end-of-the-line desperation. We should remember, though, that even devout Christians can fall in this trap of lacking faith and not seeking God when we’re in trouble.
I will quote a beloved hymn here, friends–
Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
And to take Him at His word
Just to rest upon His promise
Just to know, "Thus saith the Lord"
And here’s another–
What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer
It is sweet to trust in Jesus; it is a privilege to have true communion with the Lord rather than to be fair weather friends.
God is not a figurine on the mantle, nor does He fit in our back pockets. God is the creator of all things in heaven and on earth, and He loves us.
May we pursue a relationship with God where we thank Him in the good times and turn to Him in the bad.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)
In Christ we have bold and confident access to God through faith in Him. Ephesians 3:12 (CEB)
We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (CEB)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)[Tis so sweet to be Biblically literate and hold these truths in my heart.]
Thanks for reading! Have you gone through trials that tested your faith? Let me know in the comments.