Often when those unexpected trials and challenges come, many Christians will first try to work it out on their own or with the help of the world — and then when all else fails they’ll turn to God. He is often the last resort people go to for help and THAT is a true sign that they have a situation even greater than their current problem!
God should never be the last one we talk to about our problems; He should always be the very first one. But many “Christians” put God up on a pedestal and ignore Him like some forgotten king who they pay homage to on Sunday mornings and during special Christian events. Many prefer to avoid dealing with God altogether and choose to answer to a human leader, while others have just never bothered to know Him because they feel that they’re saved and that’s enough. How sad! These “so called” Christians feel that there is no need to have a personal relationship with God and they miss out on a fruitful Christian life because of it.
God is greater than the human mind can imagine and only someone who knows Him intimately will see Him for who He is and worship Him in everything they do! And that includes talking to Him first about their problems.
- The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.—Psalm 18:2
When an earthly family is closely knit together, the children will share all of their joys and their sorrows with their brothers and sisters AND with their parents. And when any of them face situations that are overwhelming, where they need help one way or another, the children will go to their father first with the full expectation and hope that he will be the one most likely to get them through their crisis.
But sadly, many earthly families are not devoted to each other, and over the years the children become estranged from their parents. They don’t have that bonding or that devotion towards them as they should. So when a situation arises where one of the children needs help for whatever reason, it’s very likely that the father would be the last person they would go to for help. Why? Because there is no love relationship between the children and the parents, and no trust or respect given to the parents.
This is the problem with so-called Christians; they don’t know their Heavenly Father and only acknowledge His distant existence. They are like the estranged child and so they put their trust in the world instead of in Him. They have remained at a distance and with an attitude of equality that doesn’t allow them to become humble before Him.
When we become a Christian we see Jesus as our Saviour, our Lord and our King, and we have the promise that one day Jesus will return to earth to rule over it as King. He’s not here in person yet, but He’s coming—and very soon! We know He’s our king now and so we trust Him with our lives, but many won’t realize it until they face Him on Judgment Day. And although they will bow to Him, it will be too late to accept His salvation then.
- For it is written, ‘As I live’, saith the Lord, ‘every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God’.—Romans 14:11
What is a king? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines king this way:
- —a male monarch of a major territorial unit; especially one whose position is hereditary and who rules for life
- —a paramount chief
- —one that holds a preeminent position; especially : a chief among competitors
The Bible teaches us that Jesus IS the king over all the earth:
- For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.—Isaiah 9:6
- Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, ‘Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him’.—Matthew 2:1-2
- Pilate therefore said unto Him, ‘Art thou a king then?’ Jesus answered, ‘Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice’.—John 18:37
Here’s how the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary describes a kingdom:
- —a country whose ruler is a king or queen
- —the spiritual world of which God is king
So when we, the citizens of God’s kingdom, have an issue about anything, we should take it to our King first because we know He will defend His citizens, provide our needs and care for us as children. We shouldn’t take our problems to the outside world because we have no relationship with that world. We should never want to show any disloyalty to our King because we know that He is the One who died to save us.
Therefore, as a Christian—[a person who is saved by the blood of Jesus and has been born again into the family of God] we would automatically go to God because He is our Heavenly Father and King who loves us and who CAN and WILL care for us. We should have confidence in God to protect us, help us, heal us and give us everything we need to overcome the ruler of this world.
God may use others to help us through our issues, but we trust Him and accept who He sends across our path. But if we choose the world over God and yet confess to be a Christian, we need to truly evaluate our life. Why? Because if God isn’t first in our life, then someone else is and no one can serve two gods. It’s either the God of Heaven or the god of this world.
- No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.—Matthew 6:24
So when a person makes God their last resort for help—or for anything, for that matter—it’s because he or she doesn’t know God, and doesn’t worship Him and honor Him in everything they do. If they knew Him, and knew the price He paid to get them saved from the judgment by the law that lies ahead, they would love Him with all their heart, mind, soul and strength—[Luke 10:27]. It doesn’t matter if they call themself a Christian or not, if their heart isn’t connected to God’s heart, then they are deceived and sadly, they are NOT a Christian.
That person needs to repent, turn away from the sinful world and accept the salvation that Jesus has given to them through His own shed blood. And they need to make Him alone their King and Lord over their life. And then they’ll know God and be over comers.
- These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.—John 16:33
When God becomes our reason for living, He also becomes the One to whom we give all of our love and respect AND trust. And when we face any challenges in life, HE will be the first One we cry out to because we know that He loves us and will take care of us, just as He’s promised.
- Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you—1 Peter 5:6