Ignoring God: How’s that working for you?

When we look back on our lives, we can often see God’s hand at work.

In hindsight, I can see him at every crossroad. Especially those life-changing moments when (while it was happening) I was just so sure he was nowhere to be found.

But he was there, and he helped.

When you look back, how has God provided for you?

Maybe the help came in the form of a family situation. Maybe he guided you through a rocky relationship, kept you from getting in a car with a drunk driver, helped you choose the right school. Maybe it’s an answered prayer to sell a house, make a move, get a job. Maybe it came in the form of much-needed advice from a mentor.

When you share those stories and those testimonies with others, do you give God the credit he deserves? Or do you ignore him?

Let me explain.

In Psalm 40:9-10, King David writes:

I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD.  I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly.

David was not afraid to share his faith. God had saved him and spared him too many times for David to ignore God.

David’s faithfulness is admirable. And it’s convicting.

I’ll admit that I’ve struggled with giving God the credit. Here’s an example.

For nearly two years, my wife and I prayed that God would provide the perfect home for our family. It took many months. And God was faithful. He led us to the perfect home.

I know God’s hand was in it. Yet, when people ask me about our home, I’ve noticed that I sometimes say: “We found a great home. Corinn just happened by it one day, saw it for sale, and that was that!”

We??

The response I give often depends on the person to whom I’m talking. In church, I’m very safe to say that God provided. But when talking to someone who doesn’t know Christ as his Savior, I tend to lean toward the less “churchy” answer — leaving God out.

Why?

Possibly out of fear of rejection. Or maybe I just get comfortable in the fiction that we can do it all in our own strength.

Here’s a challenge for you and me.

This week, when we have the opportunity to share a story about a success — and God’s hand is clearly visible in the outcome — let’s not be scared to let people know who provided for us.

Jesus said that he will defend us before God. It’s only right that we speak up for him when we share with our friends.

How do you make it a point to share the stories of Christ’s faithfulness and provision with others?

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