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.