When we go through really good or really hard seasons there’s a natural tendency to get so caught up we forget about Jesus. It’s not supposed to be that way.
When we get an opportunity to do what we love or we come into the place of blessing because Jesus made a way for us, opened a door for us, favored us or promoted us there is a natural tendency to spend less time with Him because we are busy with the blessings He gave us.
On the other hand when we go through valley or wilderness experiences there is the natural tendency to try to figure things out on our own and forget to inquire of Jesus, the One who can get us out of the valley, the One who may have put us in the valley and the One who can tell the devil that he can’t hold us in the valley.
When the children of Israel got into their promised land they forgot God, though He warned them not to:
Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end— then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant. Deuteronomy 8:11-18
When they went into captivity the children of Israel wanted to forget the songs of worship:
“For those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, and those who plundered us requested mirth, saying, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’ How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land,” Psalm 137:3-4.
When we feel captive it’s easy to lose our desire to worship because we lose our joy and our strength.
We must learn to bless the Lord in the good times and the bad times, in the valleys and the mountain tops.
Psalm 34:1-2 says,
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord.
Proverbs 30:7-8 says,
Give me neither poverty nor riches— Feed me with the food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You, and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God.
Beloved, I want to encourage you to stay close to the Lord whatever season you’re in. Remember, the Lord is sovereign over every season and He is our refuge at all times.