“If DELIVERANCE is all I desire God for, then when trouble disappears, my desire for God will disappear. – John Ortberg
This thought is BLOWING MY MIND. It makes a lot of sense, particularly in the the history of Israel. After they were DELIVERED from Egypt, what happened? They turned away from God and worshipped a golden calf.
If I’m only looking to God to take away my problems, heal me, or just make life better for me, then, if/when this happens, I’LL MOVE ON. God’s desire is to have RELATIONSHIP with us. This is the essence of God SENDING Jesus to us – God PURSUING His creation.
And though He often WILL deliver us from difficulty or trial, it is all in the context of seeking relationship with us.
MY ONE SENTENCE TAKEAWAY: No matter what the circumstance, I’m simply asking God for His presence.