Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted….Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. (Ps. 107:17-19 KJV)
This is one of those things shown to us in scripture that fools do which God does not want us, His children, to be a part of. First, notice that a fool is scripture is not what we generally consider a fool in everyday life. A fool is the one who scripture calls a fool by virtue of what they do.
The scripture above tells us that fools seek God only when they are in trouble. They remember God only when they are hurting and in severe pain, and have no way else to turn. God is the last resort to them when there is no other way. That means if they have another option, God will not be chosen. This thinking is severely flawed-thinking about God only when we are stock is foolishness on our part. God should rather be the first One we turn to. He deserves the very best of us, not the trash. Many are making a mistake of spending their best years ravaging their lives only to think of God when their life is far spent. Others only pray when they are in trouble; the slightest ease takes them off the right path and so trouble is always needed to keep them doing the right thing. Some only give God the last, almost meaningless, minutes of their day before they doze off to sleep, while the most pressing issues occupy the finest moments of their day. Others become very dedicated only when they need something from God. Whatever the pattern, the basic principle remains, that fools only seek God in trouble.
The reason the Lord calls those with this attitude “fools” is that it is really a mindset issue; it is a way of thinking. It is an issue of a deficit of wisdom. They just do not know what works. Wisdom is the principal thing in life, and the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. If we lack the wisdom to know that God is really what you need, for everything else in life, then you will put Him second or even third place in your life, in trying to seek the things we think are the most pressing issues. Then we later discover after we have these things that they are really not what we want. Do not let your relationship with God be dependent on the pressure around your life. Do not be a seasonal seeker of God, one that prays, seeks the Word, remains committed to Him, and attends church only if there is pressure from a difficult situation. Be an all-time lover of God, and your life will forever be a tree planted by a river of water that never gets dry.
The Word in your mind and mouth (1 Tim 4:15; Josh 1: 8)
Think about the devotional above, with its main scripture. How does it apply to you?
Water the Seed (word) to grow. Invite the Spirit’s strength! (Isa 32:15; Zach 4:6)
Ask the Lord for the wisdom not to choose to be a seasonal seeker.
APPLY THE WORD TODAY!
Your door to a blessed life today is doing God’s Word. Refuse to be a hearer or reader only! (James 1:22-26)
Did your relationship with God, His Word, His Spirit or His church change after you received what you were looking for, or after that pain and pressure were taken away from you? If so, refuse to be a seasonal seeker. Go back to your first love for God!
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