Turn to God in bad times, and good

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By Jess Thompson

When do we most often cry out to God?
Usually it is in time of great need or distress. It often happens when we have had a personal loss, financial loss or perhaps a death or illness.
Belief in God during hard times is a normal human attribute. I inherently believe even atheists, deep down, realize this whole thing isn’t one big mistake and that God does exist.
It is certainly fine to call out to God when we are in distress, but how important is it for us to do the same during good times, too?
How often do we forget God when things are seemingly going our way? The noble Biblical character King David had virtually conquered the world around him. In 2 Samuel, David conquered the Jebusites, Philistines, Arameans, Edomites, and the Ammonites, each one being a strong nation.  
Importantly, David did not take personal credit for these events and, in Psalms 18: 43-50, he describes his relationship with God. “You have delivered me from the attacks of the people; you have made me the head of nations. People I did not know now serve me, foreigners cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me. They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds.
“The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior! He is the God who avenges me, who subdues nations under me, who saves me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from violent people you rescued me.
“Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name.
“He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing love to his anointed, to David and to his descendants forever.”  Now, next time things are really going your way, try and step back and remember who is truly in charge.  Regardless, we should acknowledge God in good times and bad.

Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg.