Finding God at the Bottom

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.



3 responses to “Finding God at the Bottom

  • pjnoland

    Derek, this is good stuff. It reminds me of the principle that less is more. It’s when we have less in life whether it’s due to circumstances or intentional removing stuff that we are able to focus on what matters most in life. God…family…relationships.

  • Courtney Brewer

    I have found that to be absolutely true! I think the Lord may even allow some trials in our life just so that we can cling to Him. Then when He brings us through it, no one/nothing else can get the credit for any good that was accomplished through it except for Him because He can do the impossible. But it’s so important to remember what He’s brought us through. I Samuel 7:12 says, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer saying, ‘Thus far has the LORD helped us.'” That stone was a testament to future generations of the Lord’s faithfulness to the children of Israel…how He had brought them through trials and helped them all along the way. It is so important to place reminders in our own life so that when things are good, we do not forget Who has blessed us and Who holds us in His hands. It is also important to remember in the rough times so that we can look back and say that we can trust Him because He’s always been faithful…thus far has the Lord helped us.

    • derekwingfield

      Great thoughts, Courtney. Thanks for sharing them (and for stopping by!). Pain is hard to endure, but I’ve never experienced anything (physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual) so bad that God couldn’t use it first as a lesson, then as a reminder, and finally as an example to others. The most powerful testimonies I’ve heard are those of people who’ve been willing to let God turn horrible scars into stories of healing, growth, grace, and love.

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