I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:12-13
Do you ever “confine” God to do just the things you don’t want to do on your own? It’s a regular day, and we go about doing the average things we need to do. We don’t need God’s help when everything is so typical, so we may barely think about Him.
When we do this we move from being in a loving relationship with Jesus, to treating him as an acquaintance we only run to when we have a problem or need. This is not what He desires, and it is probably not what we desire either. But we lack faith. We lack the faith to overcome our inability to physically see and hear God, and our need to allow ourselves to experience Him in our spirit. Because God is God, our relationship with Him is completely different than any other we have or could experience. He may use tough circumstances or our failures to open our hearts to His love, and cause us to cry out to Him. But He knows the best way for us to learn of His love is in the daily, average, typical, regular parts of our life. That is when we learn to truly love Him, in the times that seem we are doing fine and don’t really need His help.
Ordinary conversation. Day to day routine. Business as usual. Except all of these daily, typical, ordinary, average, regular things become amazing encounters of affection and devotion as we begin to experience them with the God who loves us. The hard times, the easy times, the normal times — all these become amazing times.