God really has a way of getting my attention. I say this because we as people have the tendency to not bother with God until there's something to the effects of a dire emergency that demands our action. When you think about a relationship, no relationship functions well this way. Think about it. You're married and your husband/wife only gets to talk to you when you have a problem and need his or her help. Or you're in a relationship with someone and you feel that you don't really call them unless there is something you need. I think if we behaved like this with people we know, we'd probably cease to have any friends- any real friends that is. So why do I do this to God? Why do I wait and wait and wait until I am in a dire emergency situation, exhausted all of my options then think of God as my last resort? I think it's simple- human nature.
God my prayer today is that you will give me a deeper desire to love you and seek you with all that I have. I read a devotion the other day that spoke about us not loving the gift more than we love the "Giver". A scripture that comes to mind is the one about Paul and the thorn in his side (See 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 Below). Think about how annoying that must have been. Paul recognized that the Lord had put the thorn there as a reminder for him not to become conceited. What a thought. I definitely have some thorns in my life and I am coming to the realization that God has them there for a reason- For my dependence on him and not myself. Lord as strange as this may seem I am grateful for the thorns in my life. Do I like them? Absolutely not. But if they bring me closer to you and my Lord Jesus Christ then I guess I'd better stay grounded in you :)
2 Cor. 12:7-9:
To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.