Written by Hope Brakenhoff. Media by Taylor Harpster.
How is your life going? Good? Bad? Just ok? There are countless opinions on how we should act as Christians when our lives aren’t going as planned, but many times people overlook our actions when life is going exactly how we want it to, or at least close to how we want. It can be easy to get caught up in all of the good things that are happening in life, but we also need to remember to firstly give God the glory for the good and, secondly, remember that we still need God for so much more than we even realize, even when it seems like everything is going right.
Oftentimes it seems we blame God when things are going wrong, but we forget to praise him in the times when life is going well. It is easier to be upset and focus on the negatives rather than focus on the positives and what we should do with those positives. In James 5:13 it says, “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.” In bad times we are called to pray, but we are also called to do something in the good times. We are called to sing praises to God. We are called to worship Him and give Him thanks because “Every good and perfect gift comes from above” (James 1:17).
While in the good times we should sing praises to God, we should also pray and be disciplined in our walk with God. The Bible gives us clear examples that the devil will attack and try to tempt us. Right after Jesus was baptized in Matthew chapters 3 and 4, the devil tempted Jesus to try to lead him astray (v. 3:16-4:1). This example tells us that in times of security and comfort, we need to be even more aware of the temptations that the devil is putting in front of us to lead us away from God. The devil uses people that we would never imagine doing us harm to lead us away from God. In Matthew chapter 16, after Jesus tells the disciples that he is going to Jerusalem to die, Peter takes him aside and rebukes him (v. 22-23).
God only wants the best for His children. He wants to protect us from evil. In Isaiah 41:10, God tells us that He will protect us from evil. As long as He is with us, we do not have reason to fear, but we need to be in a daily relationship with God. God desires to be there, whether it is because something is going wrong or if everything seems to be going right.
It is easy to take our guards down when we feel like life is how it is supposed to be. Oftentimes we forget that the devil is looking for opportunities to harm us and take us away from God. He is watching our every move and looking for moments of vulnerability where he can strike. It is important that even in the good times, we are still putting effort into our relationship with God. This could mean constant praise and worship or daily time in God’s word, learning more about God and His undeniable love for each and every one of His children.