“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6
Yesterday, we talked about having a “rollercoaster faith.” We referenced Jonah and how his story can be easy to follow because so many believers can relate to this “up and down” type of faith. It’s very relatable to say that in some seasons you are all in for God, and in others, you struggle to pray and are committing more frequent sins.
So how do we stay “all in” and avoid this rollercoaster-type faith? If we want to be all in, all the time, we must be careful that when the season changes, our faith does not. This can go two different ways:
For some, they constantly turn to God when they are struggling. They recognize their need for Him and that they can’t get themselves out of their miserable situation. They pray and seek Him, doing whatever they can to move into the next season of life, a season of blessing. But as soon as they receive those blessings or what they asked God for, they leave Him high and dry. They enjoy the gift and forget the gift-giver.
For others, it is the reverse effect. They are thankful for the blessings they have received. They know everything they have is from God, and they stay obedient to Him and honor Him because they know that is why they are in such a great season. But as soon as a bad season hits, and difficult times come upon them, they want nothing to do with God. They can’t believe He would allow something like this to happen to them.
It doesn’t matter which of these you relate to, there are problems with both. In both cases, your faith doesn’t stand the test of time, and your situation dictates your faith. God wants your faith all the time – not just when things are going well, and not just when things are going bad. He wants you to be all in, all the time.