“Sometimes God doesn’t answer when I pray.”
“Sometimes God seems to be a million miles away.”
“Sometimes God feels like a fairy tale to me.”
“Sometimes God doesn’t feel real. I’m not really sure He exists.”
“Sometimes God’s Word makes me wonder…is it really true?”
“Sometimes I think my prayers are useless. I know God used to work miracles (heal the sick and broken-hearted; save sinners; change lives), but times have changed. He doesn’t do those things anymore.”
And on and on it goes.
Comments like these make me wonder about the people giving them voice. I want to ask, “Are you sure you’re serving the right God?”
Because the God I serve—the one, true God—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…is not a “sometimes” god. The Savior of my soul is an all-the-time, absolute, immoveable, unshakeable, unchanging God. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (James 1:17— Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.)
If your god is “sometimes” one way and “sometimes” another….sometimes there and sometimes not…sometimes kind and sometimes cruel…you’re bowing at the feet of an empty idol; wasting your time on a master who isn’t real and doesn’t care; making sacrifices to an entity that isn’t God. Worst of all, in doing those things, you’re turning away from the God who IS real; laying another stripe into the back of the One who took them for you; hammering another nail into His bleeding hands.
We all have moments when Satan tries to plant doubt in our hearts and uncertainty in our souls. But when we allow those little seeds to take root and affect our faith, it’s a sure sign we’ve taken our eyes off of Jesus. Like Peter, who actually walked on water alongside the Savior, we suddenly see—instead of the face of Almighty God—the storm around us. All the things that are wrong in the world and in our lives. All of Satan’s fiery darts flying around our heads.
That’s when, like Peter, we start to sink beneath the waves of doubt.
That’s when fear overshadows faith and we begin to wonder…bowing at the feet of a deity who isn’t real.
Perhaps a bit of self-inspection is in order. Maybe it’s time to peek into the corners of our hearts and take a look at our “god.” Are we serving the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – the God of yesterday, today and forever – the God who never changes, is always faithful and ever true?
Or have we settled for a “sometimes” god?
(c) April 2014
What about you? Has Satan tried to convince you that God isn’t real, isn’t there, doesn’t care, isn’t faithful? Have you found yourself serving a “sometimes” god? What opened your eyes? What helps you find your way back to the feet of the risen Savior?
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DELIA LATHAM is a born-and-bred California gal, raised in a place called Weedpatch and currently living in the lovely mountain town of Tehachapi with her husband and a spoiled Pomeranian. She enjoys multiple roles as Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings. She has a “thing” for Dr. Pepper, and loves to hear from her readers. Contact her through her website or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Find her also at the following online locations:
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In Delia’s latest release, Love in the WINGS, a prayer team fights for the souls of their pastor, their church members, and their town. Satan is quite capable of sending dark spirits to mess with the minds of God’s people, but God’s army of messengers is bigger, better and stronger. He’s there. ALL the time.
About the Book:
Church secretary and praise team leader, Aria Robbins isn’t happy when she has to work with the new youth minister. She also has to grin and bear it when he moves into the cottage next to hers at Heart’s Haven…but she doesn’t have to like him. Truth is, she’d be much happier if Corbin Bishop would take his charm and his big, fancy ideas right back to Austin where he belongs.
When a spiritual attack on Angel Falls lands Aria and Corbin on the battlefront as part of a team of prayer Warriors in God’s Service (WINGS), they must fight for their town, their church, and their pastor, and Aria sees Corbin in a whole new light.
But emotional scars from an unspeakable childhood have distorted Corbin’s acceptance of certain Scriptural truths, and Aria won’t trust her heart in the hands of a man whose faith is unsure. Aria wraps her prayer wings around him tightly. Will Corbin finally trust God to heal his soul?