True story (though the names are changed): Susie looked at her smart phone’s screen to try the matchmaking site one last time. Her subscription was about to expire. All attempts to find the right guy had failed, despite several matchups. In desperation, she said a prayer: “Jesus, this is the last time I’ll try this. It’s now or never.”
She looked at the choices that came up on screen and selected the most interesting candidate. They dated, they fell in love, they slept together, but they never married. John didn’t want to make a commitment. Susie settled for him, because he was the best man who had come into her life, and he assured her that he loved her. But he never gave her the kind of full, devoted, sacred love that Jesus wanted for her. Eventually they split up.
When we cry out to God in desperation, asking for help, but if we have not been living in a daily, personal relationship with him, giving him our attention in prayer and giving our spirits a strong connection to the Holy Spirit, we should not trust the help that comes. Susie believed in Jesus, but she rarely went to church. Her relationship with Jesus was on her terms, not his, and her relationship with John was on his terms, not hers. Who, really, was her God?
A life that is not immersed in prayer, scripture, church community, and a desire to grow in holiness is a vulnerable life.
Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your worries upon him, because he cares about you. Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for those he can devour. (1 Peter 5:6-8)
This scripture points out that demons take advantage of our vulnerabilities, for their goal is to prevent us from receiving what God wants to give us. Most of all, they want to prevent us from having the kind of relationship with Christ that opens our lives to all the goodness, all the love, all the assistance that he is ready to give us.
- How much do I depend on Jesus in my daily life?
- How much of myself do I give to Jesus in my daily life?
Strengthen your relationship:
Assess together the strength of your individual relationships with Jesus. Then discuss what you can do as a couple to make them even better. End this discussion with a prayer to the Holy Spirit, asking for help in strengthening your relationship with Jesus.
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© 2017 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries