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Foul Weather Followers

I’ve been a Met fan since I was six years old, so I’ve really never been labeled as a “fair weather fan.” If you are not familiar with that expression, it refers to a person that only follows his or her favorite team when they are doing well. When the team is “hot”, they act like they are their number one fan. But when the team is struggling, they don’t go to the the games, they don’t watch on television, and they don’t even follow them in the newspapers or online.

Unfortunately, the church has a similar group I refer to as “foul weather followers.” They are the opposite of the fair weather fans: they only serve the Lord when life is difficult. Perhaps it’s a bad medical diagnosis, or being out of work, or experiencing marital or family strife, or having financial difficulties. But it’s only during these times that they call out to the Lord.

Yes, the Bible instructs us to “cast all of your cares upon Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). But we should not treat the Lord like a spare tire. When was the last time you thought about your spare? He desires to spend those victorious, happy moments with us as well as the dark times.

How do we feel if a son or daughter, or a brother or sister, only calls us when they have a need? Let’s not live this way. Let’s make our relationship with the Lord our top priority. Let’s love Him and call out to Him during the good times as well as the bad. We need to look into the mirror, being honest with ourselves, and ask, “Do I treat God like a spare tire?” If the person staring back at us says “YES!”, then let’s repent of that behavior and start calling on the Lord every day. Jesus wants to be a part of EVERY aspect of your life. He longs to be your best friend!

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