Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 4 Devotional: Where is God in the…Good Times?
October 9th, 2009
After you’ve heard “Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 4,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard Part 4, check out the Media Player starting October 10. You can also find a station in your area.)
By Elizabeth Goldsmith
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)
I usually try to avoid driving in the winter when the weather’s bad, but one snowy January day I had to get to the airport. I was praying during the entire two-hour drive, and my arms were sore because of how tightly I was holding on to the steering wheel. Finally, I made it to the airport. I was so thankful to God for keeping me safe.
But what about normal, sunny days when everything’s going great? How easy it is to forget that God provides for us in the good times, too! Part of being a Christian means depending on God to meet all our needs. But when everything at home and at school is going well, it’s sometimes easy to forget Who is holding us up. It is, after all, God who provides us with air to breathe, food to eat, and water to drink.
In this week’s episode of Passages, it seemed like danger was following Darien around wherever he went. King Lawrence was out to get him, but the Unseen One was there too, protecting him. Darien had a close relationship with the Unseen One, but it wasn’t just because of the dangerous times. Before the King turned against him, back when he was just a farm boy living a peaceful life, Darien had faithfully followed the Unseen One even when so many others were turning away from Him.
It’s comforting to know that God is there when you’re sad, lonely, upset, or scared, and that nothing can happen to you that He doesn’t know about. But God is also there when you’re happy, excited, and everything seems to be going your way. The closer we are to God during the good times, the more prepared we’ll be for the hard times. Learning to live for God every day isn’t easy, but it’s one of the most important things you or I can do.
What is a way that God provides for your needs? How can you thank God today for the blessings he gives? Sound off in the comments below!
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