Yes!! God is not a breakdown service that functions ONLY when you in trouble, or when you just need him. To break it down, a breakdown service provides assistance to motorists who break down.
We really take God for granted sometimes. When everything seems to go well with us, we forget God, we easily forget to recognize God and at least say thank you. We forget that God is the one who gives.
1 Corinthians 4:7 says “For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” God is basically reminding us that everything we have, we have actually received from God, and why then should we boast and fail to recognise God for all the blessings we have received?
John 3:27 emphasizes this… “John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven“. I think this verse is self-explanatory, everything we have comes from heaven.
So my question to us is why do we boast and beat our chests as if we are who we are because of our own effort?
My case study for this blog is Job. Imagine he lost everything he had, and mind you, he was rich, in fact, Job 1:3 says that he was the greatest man among all the people in the East, and moreover, he lived for God in good and in bad times, his faith in God was so strong that absolutely nothing, even the Devil himself, could not shake his belief in God.
Job 1: 1-3 says “In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yokes of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East“.
YES! It is absolutely possible to be both wealthy and fear God! There is nothing wrong with that 🙂
God was so pleased with Job that he was his advocate when the evil one wanted to test Job and see if Job fears God for nothing. Job was really put to the test: his servants were killed, his animals stolen, his house was destroyed, he was struck with painful sores, and YET, he did not denounce God.
How many of us could even stand such kind of tests and still stand firm in our faith? I bet, not so many of us.
Our norm is, we are tested, and we go through challenges, and we feel like God has despised us, we feel like God does not love us, we despair, we lose hope and even for some of us, we lose it, we give up. We start living lives that are not worthy of God’s praise.
Another case is where we live good lies, and we sideline God and when the rain of hardship and struggles starts to beat us, when we get to rock bottom we start running to God. At this point, God becomes a typical breakdown service.
You are not alone. Israelites forgot the Lord, and they also wronged God so many times, but He still called them his chosen ones. God amazes me by the way. He gave them uncountable chances to redeem themselves.
Ps 145:8 reassures us that “The LORD is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. The LORD is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works.
But DON’T take God’s mercy for granted. God may be as Psalms 145 says but it does not give us the chance to keep messing up. Romans 6:1-2 says “What then shall we say? Shall we continue in sin so that grace may increase? By no means! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer?
Deuteronomy 8:10-14 “When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you. “Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today; otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them and we shall remember to bless the LORD, O our souls, And forget none of His benefits Psalm 103:2
Job remained steadfast in God despite His trials. God to him was not a breakdown service, and God blessed his latter than his former (Job 42:20-12).
Let us not allow God to only pick us up when we have fallen or when we are in our rock bottom but let us also be rejoicing in God in abundance. We need to be so anchored to God every step of our way.
Revelation 2:4-5 ‘”But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. ‘Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place–unless you repent.
My prayer for everyone is that we choose to let God be a part of our everyday life.