As Christians we know that God is supposed to be our strength, our source of life, our person to turn to when life gets tough, and simply be our everything. That sounds wonderful and terrific. That sounds like something everyone should long for. But when I look at my life and observe the life of those around me, I do not always see that. When I read Psalms such as Psalms 71 with words such as … “Be my rock of safety where I can always hide” (Psalms 71:3 NLT), or “O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O LORD, from childhood,” I just sort of feel lousy because I don’t always feel that way about God.
Then I am reminded that the only way to have that relationship with God is to foster that relationship. Then I am reminded that it is not God who waivers. It is not God who forgets. It is not God who takes a day off that turns into two days off and that turns into a week off. It is not God who doesn't know the words to say or the request to make. It is me and you.
Even when we do not run to him, even when we do not foster the necessary relationship, God remains strong. God remains faithful and true to you and me. And it is for those reasons God will always be our “rock of safety, where (we) can always hide.” (Psalm 71:3 NLT)
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