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HOW SOON WE FORGET!

Hosea 13:6 “As they had their pasture, they became satisfied, and being satisfied, their heart became proud; therefore they forgot Me.”

SATISFIED

Isn’t it amazing how we forget about God when everything is going great?  But let one thing go wrong, and we are asking for prayer, begging for mercy and looking to heaven for answers.  It has always been that way, though.  People get satisfied and think they don’t need God as much.  Hosea saw it.  So do we.

Now, we can rationalize that, can’t we?  “Well, God is busy with all those less fortunate than me.  I won’t bother Him right now.”  So, we go about our business as if God is only called upon when we “need” Him.  Stop it!  God wants to hear from us at all times.  He desires our worship in the good times and bad.  He is God over all and through all.

TEACHING MOMENT

The only way to teach our children this is to live it.  No amount of preaching and lecturing will get them to understand.  Consistency in the Word.  Dedication to the Body of Christ.  Discipline in our prayer life.  These are all ways to show little Johnny and Susie that Christ means more to you than just someone to call on when needed.

The next time your child is in a pinch and hollers for you, take a moment and compare this to our walk with Christ.  Don’t you want to spend time with your kids in the good times as well as the bad?  Don’t you want to rejoice in their triumphs, not just cry at their defeats?  What kind of relationship would you have with your children if you only showed up when things were bad?  Not very much of one.

So, when do you call on the Lord?  What does it take for you to reach out to Him?  Why don’t you try just talking to Him?  Let God “in on” what is happening in your life that is good.  He is already aware of it, I promise.  But He sure loves hearing you talk about it.

Father, I know you are there all the time.  I know you desire to spend time with me, not just hear my complaints.  Thank You for listening.  Thank You for loving me in the good times and bad.

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