James 5: Remembering God
As we come to the end of James in chapter 5, as is typical in these letters, there are some final pieces of advice.
Jas 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
Jas 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
I know that turning to God in all situations might not be a natural response all the time. Think about when everything is going extraordinarily well. We kind of forget about God because we don’t feel like we need help. Then, when everything starts to fall apart, we desperately need help and return to God.
It is not that God minds that we come to Him without problems. However, as this passage mentions, even when you are happy, God should be at the center. We aren’t supposed to think of God as simply our escape. Don’t get me wrong, He is our escape, and He will help us out in difficult times. That’s not the question. Read the Psalms, and it is obvious that God is willing to listen when things are difficult. Even if He might not answer right away, it does that mean He is not listening.
However, a relationship with God is about more than that. Think about parents and children. Children certainly come to their parents when they need help. However, the relationship is built on more than that. There are good times as well. Families build memories around those good times, and it strengthens that bond between the parent and the child. I think God is the same way. He is a part of the good times as well even when we might not remember He is there.
That then is the obvious challenge. Maybe we can try to recognize God in the good times and remember to praise Him.