Are You Seeking A "Convenient" God?

By Charles Hopkins Published 09/20/2007 | Religion
Our lives have become so convenient in almost every way that we expect the same convenience when we deal with the God of Heaven. That is not exactly how God expects it to work.

Do you remember the last time you lost the TV remote control? Wasn't it a nuisance to have to get out of your chair, walk all the way over to the TV, and push the button? Some folks are old enough to remember when TV's did not even have buttons. They had a knob to turn the channel and another, bigger knob to fine tune the station.

Today we push a button on a hand-held remote and, voila, the channel changes to one of several hundred stations.

We have microwaves, remote car starters, computers, and calculators. When was the last time you did long division on paper?

Has life today become so convenient that we are looking for a convenient God? A God that will give us things on our schedule and make things as easy as possible for us?

Many years ago, there was a Christian man, John, who was vice president for a highly successful construction company. One day he discovered that the reason the company was so successful was that they were cheating. They were paying off inspectors and using shoddy material. That is how they could underbid all the other companies and still make a profit.

When John discovered what was happening, he confronted his boss. John was given two choices: cooperate or resign. The convenient thing to do would have been to keep his mouth shut, but he left his resignation and walked out the door, knowing that all the money he had was what he had saved up.

His former boss could have blackballed him in the industry, but he trusted in God and that somehow, things would work out.

One day his former boss called him and asked him to come back to work for him. He told John that federal agents were in his office at that moment, that he expected to go to jail, and that John was the only person he knew that he could trust to run his business until he returned.

John knew that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.(Heb 11:6) How far are you willing to drive to worship God? How much time are you willing to invest to study His word?

We all reach a point in our lives that, even though we know what God wants us to do, in our heart, we do not see how it can possibly work out.

When your own heart says, "this is the only way this will work", but God says differently, that is when you find out how much faith you have. Follow His commandments and know that God will provide. Do not disobey Him for the sake of convenience.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)