Most of us come to a serious consideration for the faith when we are in the midst of a crisis. After all, when things are going good we are likely to forget about God… but when things are bad, and the ‘chips are down’ we start thinking: “maybe God can help”.
During these times we may find miraculous coincidences and twists of fate. During these times we may feel like God is speaking to us in some way. During these times we find God is really there! But, once the crisis passes, life seems to go back to the “same old same old”. God seems to have gone silent. Miraculous coincidences and twists of fate don’t happen. And, in these circumstances, we are left feeling… “am I doing this faith thing right?”. Why is God so silent? Why does it seem like, now that the crisis has passed, God is no longer involved.
A beginning to the answer comes in Matthew 6:15-17:
”If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
So often we ‘trade’ our love for God for a good outcome to a crisis in life. We cry out to God when there is no other answer… but as soon as there IS another answer, we forget God. That feeling we get… that God has ‘left us’ once a crisis has passed is usually the result of US leaving God BECAUSE the crisis is passed.
The walk of faith has everything to do with being close to God in good times and bad. The walk of faith has everything to do with seeking, searching, loving, and acting with God in mind in good times and bad.
When we feel like we aren’t ‘doing it right’ with regards to faith… it is usually because we are sitting back waiting for God to do something, and not taking the initiative to SEEK and SEARCH after God as the priority of our life.