Even when life is going well we still need God. When we develop a self-sufficient attitude it leads to making decisions without the guidance of God, and when we make decisions without God we give away our Power.
Imagine: You made it through the last storm with the Grace of God. You are so thankful and humbled. It was hard, but with God’s help you did survive. Now you can breathe and relax again because life is going great. When you look back, you quiver in your skin at how close your life came to being destroyed. No doubt, you can see that God was with you all the way. As a Christian you recognize those times, and are thankful for the relationship you have with God.
Sadly, after the storm we may have a tendency to take a deep breath and relax, and put a distance between ourselves and God. While living in the middle of the storm we pray, oh, how we pray. We pray in the morning, noon and night. We know only God can help us. Now that the storm is over, we just need a little breather. We took time to rejoice and thank God, but, now we need a break from it all. Does this sound familiar?
Yes, the storm is over, but we never get to the place where we don’t need a “closer” relationship with God. It is after the storm that we reap our rewards. This is when we are able to rejoice and be glad we have victory with God; celebrating “with God.”
Each trial we have is a test. Our lives are filled with tests to prove we are indeed God’s child. Sometimes the tests are from God, but most often they come from Satan, and God allows it, so we can build faith as he did with Job. Satan wants to trip us up. He wants us to fall and turn from God. He loves to catch us when we let our guard down. So, when we walk away from God to RELAX, that is exactly when Satan can pounce on us, and we never see it coming. Satan is clever and deceptive.
In each situation we have the choice to stand with God as our Armor, or go to the world and seek help. It seems so easy, but it is actually quite complicated. First, we must seek answers in the world at every junction. Just doing business requires it. Although we are not of this world, we live in it, so we must get answers about all sorts of things. We put our children in the world when they go to school, and we are constantly bombarded with issues contrary to our beliefs, just within the school system.
Then there are the healthcare systems. We must seek answers that are often totally contradictory from what we believe as Christians. We must also make decisions on our finances, where the information we are given is from a world run by Satan. We must earn our money in a society that is by nature corrupt and evil. Yet, our money must be gained by doing good. It is a constant balancing act, and we must always be on guard against the ways of the world.
Instead of taking a break after the victory, bask in the presence of the Power of God’s Love. With the victory comes great rewards, but if you were relaxing from God for a breather, you will miss the rewards, because it is the “after event” that is such a wonderful blessing.
When you are triumphant it is a time of rejoicing, and God inhabits our praise. After the trial is the time when you can grow ever closer to God by praising Him for being with you. Praise Him for adopting you into His family. Praise Him for dying for you and forgiving you of your sins. Praise Him at every moment, morning, noon and night, just like you did when you were praying for His help. Now is the time for praising and receiving your rewards. You will understand Him better with each lesson learned and you will love Him more with each life event.