There have been times in my life where I have gone through severe trials. In those times I have cried out to God for relief. I have asked him to take away the pain, to release me from the ongoing struggles. It seems during those times I have drawn closer to God and my faith was deepened in Jesus Christ. I could sense His loving hand upon me, caring for me.
Yet in times of peace, when the struggles have faded, I grow lax in my attention toward God. My prayers may wane and not be as fervent as they were in the midst of my struggles. Like the Israelites in the Old Testament, I forget what God has done for me. The danger is as Hosea described it in 13:6: “As they had their pasture, they became satisfied, And being satisfied, their heart became proud; Therefore they forgot Me.” Hosea reminds the Israelites: “Yet I have been the LORD your God Since the land of Egypt; And you were not to know any god except Me, For there is no savior besides Me. I cared for you in the wilderness, In the land of drought (13:4-5, NASB).”
During periods of calm and contentment in our life, we should recall how God has brought us to that point. We should remember how he cared for us in the land of drought and the wilderness — how he brought us through those difficult times. Remember His provision, His care, His desire to grow your faith through difficult times — how he brought you out of the land of sin to salvation.
© 2021, CGThelen
By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and wept, When we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst of it We hung our harps. For there our captors demanded of us songs, And our tormentors mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.” Psalm 137:1-3