When do you need God the most? It’s probably not the most accurate question, but it’s how I framed it first in my mind. Truthfully, we so desperately need God every second of every day that it’s not a matter of needing God more or less.
Maybe the question could be framed more biblically. Perhaps, when am I most vulnerable spiritually? or when am I most likely to sin?
I can think of a lot of answers, actually.
- We’re vulnerable when we take our eyes off our God, and on ourselves. Adam and Eve, for starters. They were drawn into the net of sin by their own selfish desires, just like James tells us we are snared: “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” (1:14)
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3
- We’re vulnerable when we place our confidence in ourselves— I Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
Can you think of more Scripture?
The reason I started thinking about needing God was that I am spending the next two weeks in California with my family (husband and children, too). It’s one of the hardest times for me to be faithful reading my Bible and having a close walk with God. I enjoy talking and spending time with my family, so sometimes it’s hard to take the time with God I need to. And somehow, it seems that I don’t “need” wisdom as much, largely because my children are entertained by the cousins much of the time.
But the illusion that I don’t need wisdom or time with God is dangerous. Actually spending time with God gets my thinking straight. Guess that’s next on the to do list, after a few hours of sleep.