In an op-ed in the New York Times a couple of weeks ago (and subsequent radio interview), economist Justin Wolfers claimed that the recent economic downturn has resulted in a rise in marriage and other partnerships.
Contrary to what some might think – that people put off marriage during lean times because weddings are so darn expensive – Wolfers says that bad economies actually encourage romantic partnerships. It isn’t the cost of marriage that’s keeping people apart, in other words; the benefits are bringing them together. When times are tough people are more likely to join together because they know they’re more likely to survive and even thrive if they’re not alone.
The same notion applies to our relationship with God. It’s when things get tough that we’re more likely to lean on Him for help. Conversely, we have a tendency when all’s well in the world to ignore the benefits of a relationship with God. It’s why people often have to hit absolute bottom before accepting Christ, and why there are so many professions of faith in prison and on the deathbed.
Have you observed the same to be true, either in your own life or those around you? We’d love to hear your story of finding God at the bottom (or the top) in the comments below.