Sunday morning we had our first service at Church since the eruptions of La Soufrière began. Since a lot had happened since our last meeting, I gave an opportunity to share some testimonies.
one lady referenced an experience the day after the initial eruption on April 9 when the ashes caused everything to grow dark as night at 5:00 in the afternoon. She said that the Lord in that moment reminded her of sin 1, and she prayed in tears with her son.
I am incredibly thankful that God used experience like this to get the attention of this woman and her son, along with others.
Yet as the ashes are cleaned up, and things start getting back to normal, it seems as if many individuals are already beginning to forget God again.
This isn’t surprising since Satan does not want us to focus on God at all. So as quickly as possible, he brings crisis situations that “distract us from the Lord.”
In a deeper sense, God is forgotten because we aren’t experiencing the big “God moments.”
a “God moment” is something huge like the ashes blocking out sunlight that bring fear or anxiety into our lives. These moments are good because they lead to repentance. The problem is, God does not choose to speak to us regularly through moments like this.
The Lord chooses instead to speak to us as we read and study His Word on a daily basis.
Scripture teaches that as we meditate on the Bible, the Holy Spirit will reveal Gods truth to us. The important thing is that we must constantly be looking back at the Lord.
The world is filled with distractions that take our mind off God, so we must continue gazing at His truth throughout the day.
In situations like the volcano eruptions, many people come back to Church, and recommit themselves to God. This is wonderful of course! But it is often motivated by a “God moment” or their emotions. Sadly they soon lose sight of God, and fall away again.
The only way to end this cycle is to see God daily…..
This begins by proclaiming Gods truth to others through devotionals, bible studies, or a biblical reasoning ministry that answers questions. But the goal is for individuals to have a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with God where they look EVERY DAY into His word.
My heart breaks to see friends slowly lose sight of Gods power and love for them. But in the end I can only point them towards their true need.
They and they alone get to choose the closeness of their relationship with God.
- She wasn’t coming to church,. Or reading her bible ↩