Seeking God in tough times

Are people turning to religion for comfort in these tough times?

I make it a point not to claim that God is doing this or that at a specific point in time for a specific reason.  I know He is completely sovereign but it is a fairly large and complicated world to go around insisting exactly what He is doing at a point in time. 

But I agree that we rely on ourselves too much during good times.   And I know that God can use all sorts of situations to reach people.  As C.S. Lewis said, God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience and shouts to us in our pain.  My goal is to listen carefully so I can hear the whispers.

Let’s face it, if you’ve seen how most of the world lives you realize that economically speaking we’re always having good times in the U.S. In the eyes of most of the world we live in God’s backyard. Plentiful food, great shelter, lots of clothes, clean water, etc. — all the time. But we aren’t more joyful, in general. We get accustomed to what we have and whine the second we lose even a little bit of it.

The poor of the world would love to switch places with us. They could increase their standard of living more than tenfold and still not take on the ridiculous consumer debt that so many people burden themselves with.

It is always a good time to seek God.  But if people are only doing it because they have a temporary drop in creature comforts then I doubt that is the right reason to have a fully restored relationship with him.

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  1. Very good points. We have seen our numbers up for Sunday Morning Worship by 25%. Our offering is only up around 5-10%, so it may be as you suspect.

    Just like the bump in attendance we saw on 9/16/2001 and the weeks following due to the events of 9/11, eventually those numbers trended down as people’s fears were eased. Those that turn to God only out of fear hardly remain with Him once those fears subside. It is a chance to plants some seeds though.

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  2. I think through out human history we have always been seeking God in tough times. The children of Israel sought God when the Egyptians mistreated them. I think it is human nature to pray fox hole prayers. I know I have prayed more than my fair share of fox hole prayers. When things are going I say thank God but then I want to take over and mess things up. I get good ideas instead of God ideas.

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  3. Ah, the ol’ “Christianity is just a crutch” tact … which, theologically speaking, is not overly inaccurate as we can’t save ourselves.

    On a slightly different note …

    During the bushfires that raged throughout my home state of Victoria (Australia) in February, which claimed 200+ lives and in which thousands of homes and businesses were lost (including virtually two whole town communities), one person I dialogued with had the gall to suggest that the compassion shown by churches to victims was motivated by the desire to simply increase congregational numbers! In effect, he was suggesting that churches prey on the misfortune of others in order to ‘dupe’ them into the doors of the church.

    The world is full of small, small minds – especially in times of tragedy.

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  4. syinly, you bring up a good point. The problem with the Israelites is that they would forget God in the good times to the point where they no longer had a relationship with him. He tolerated that for a longtime, but eventually they were destroyed due this.

    We have to be careful that we don’t allow our relationship with God to grow stale in the same manner.

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  5. Some people have an Idea that God is inclusive for mans eternal destiny, that all religions and all people will be saved. That God will allow all of mankind to enter into heaven because everybody is good so God must be fair and include everyone! It is true God does love the whole world but God is exclusive about mans eternal destiny without the Savior. To keep this simple man has a problem called sin in which man refuses to believe that there are eternal consequences for having sin, which is a one way ticket to hell. God is holy and he will not allow anyone with sin to enter into heaven. God is hurt and angry about our sin, we have broken his laws. But God is just and good and he knows our need so he provided a solution to our problem. His solution to our problem is to have our sins removed by having our sins placed on someone else, a sacrifice for us; paying for the penalty of the sin we have in our lives. So that someone else would get the penalty of Gods wrath and separation on him that was meant for us. So God sent his son Jesus on a mission from heaven to earth as our sacrifice to die on the cross on our behalf after this happened three days later Jesus came back from the dead, alive. But that’s not all remember I wrote that God is exclusive about mans eternal destiny without the Savior? The only way that Gods promise can be applied to your life is for you to turn from your way of thinking and know that your sin offends and hurts God and call on the Lord Jesus who’s alive to save you. Your sins are then transferred to Jesus for what he did at the cross, dying and being abandon by God because of your sins, for you and because Jesus arose from the dead he is alive you can now enter into a relationship with God. Will you call out to Jesus to save you? It’s your choice to enter in exclusively with God’s grace for you. Where will you want to spend eternity after hearing Gods promise for you?
    If the answer was yes that you do want Jesus as your sin bearer, Savior, and you do believe God raised Jesus from the dead you can pray with your voice.
    “Dear Jesus save me.”
    Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance towards God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  6. In refence to the article above about inclusiveness. John 3:16″ God so Loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth on him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The key is believing. Whosoever believeth. If you believe then you are included. If you believe not, you are condemned.

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