Hang on Tight
“But in their time of trouble they cried to you, and you heard them from heaven… But when all was going well, your people turned to sin again, and once more you let their enemies conquer them” (Nehemiah 9:27-28 NLT).
Waves slapped our boat as we shoved off the dock. “This will be fun!” said my three-year-old grandson, Luke. He climbed onto my lap.
My husband revved the engine, and a panicked expression crossed Luke’s face. He grabbed my arms and pulled them around his torso. “Hold me tight, okay?” he said.
Luke clung to me until we approached shore 15 minutes later. As the motor quieted, his body relaxed. So did his attitude. “Are we going slow now?” he asked.
“Yes,” I replied.
“Then I don’t need you.”
How often do we model the same behavior towards God? We cling to Him during the storms of life—at least until the waves settle and the wind dies. That’s when our fear subsides, and we grow comfortable without His help.
Such was the Israelites’ pattern. When life was easy, they wandered from God. But when circumstances took a negative turn, they begged Him for help.
We’re often prone to do the same thing. Let’s learn to revel in God’s closeness at all times, not just when we’re feeling insecure. He’s faithful through thick and thin. Let’s respond in kind.
Adapted from: Morning Moments with God: Devotions for the Busy Woman Copyright © 2014 by Grace Fox Published by Harvest House Publishers Eugene, OR 97402 www.harvesthousepublishers.com Used by Permission.
Grace Fox is a missionary, popular speaker, and author of six books including Peaceful Moments to Begin Your Day: Devotions for Busy Women. Her new devotional—Morning Moments with God: Devotions for a Busy Woman—(Harvest House) is scheduled for release in December. www.gracefox.com