We’ve all heard the phrase “There are no atheists in foxholes.” I’ve observed over the years that I tend to think I know everything when things are going well in my life. It’s only when times get tough that I realize I didn’t know so much after all. I have a lot fewer answers for things when life is beating me over the head. People naturally seek out God during times of trouble, and they tend to forget Him when things are good.
Something else that happens when we’re on top of the world: we have lots of friends. If you have a lot of money, power, notoriety, whatever — there’s no shortage of friends around. When the bottom falls out and you’re living in your car, a friend is hard to find.
I want to keep perspective on these truths in my life, and:
- Stay close to God always, regardless of whether or not I need something from Him
- Be a friend to those around me regardless of their status in life
- Remember who my real friends are: those who stuck with me through good times and bad.
An acquaintance relayed to me that he had been in the hospital for 10 hours due to an infection. He said that, during his stay, several religious people had told him that he was going to hell. He laughed, saying “Their god must only love some people if he’s sending others to hell.”
I urged him, and urge you now, to consider this: If man has by his own actions condemned himself, and God provides a way for man to be redeemed, which man then rejects, how can it be reasoned that God has not demonstrated love?
What is your relationship to God? Are you certain that you are in good stead with Him? If not, what could be more important than searching for the answer to that question? If you believe God is real, all-powerful and all-knowing, pray with a pure heart, asking Him to show you the truth. If He truly loves you, He will show you the way.
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”