The Spare Tire

Now for a long time Israel was without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law. But when in their distress they turned to Yahweh, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them. 2 Chronicles 15:3 WEB

We were driving to town to buy groceries one day, when I felt the car gradually getting lower on one side. Then it began to pull to the right, and the steering became sluggish. I was driving, so I pulled over to the side of the road and got out to check things. The passenger side rear tire had gone down, apparently because of a bad valve stem.

It was the first time that I had thought of checking our spare tire in a long time, but we sure needed it now. It is one of those things that you tend to forget about, until you need it. Fortunately I opened the trunk and found that the spare was fine. Before long, I had the tire changed and we were on the road again.

Israel would backslide away from God and then when in distress, turn back to Him and cry for His help. God would forgive them and once things began to go well for them again, they would slide away again and began to chase after other gods. Likewise when things are going well for us, we sometimes tend to forget about God. We can begin to treat Him like a spare tire that is there when we need Him, but then forget about Him.

Jesus said, 'Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven' (Matthew 7:21). Many will profess to know Jesus but will not submit to His leadership, and one day He will separate the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:33).

Don't just pray to the Lord when you are in distress. Involve Him in your life every day and build that close relationship. Remember Him, especially when things are going well for you. When you have ignored Him for three years, He may still answer you, but you miss out on the greatest experience on earth, knowing Him. Don't treat God Almighty like a spare tire.

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for a wonderful day. Please speak to me and through me today Lord, and inspire me onto better things. Help me see what others miss. Make what is important to You, important to me. I want a closer relationship with You today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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