My friend Will at Glastry makes very good ice-cream.
Perhaps once a month we buy a tub of Will’s ice-cream, and WHOOP it’s all gone within minutes in a delicious frenzy of over-indulgence!
This week my Claire bought lots of ice-cream that filled a whole shelf of our freezer compartment.
What is very interesting is that there is still a bunch of ice-cream in there. We enjoy eating it, but we are eating it in smaller portions less often, and with much less enthusiasm.
I reckon it’ll last for quite a while!
What has ice-cream got to do with God?
It seems to me that our relationship with ice-cream can be a bit like a casual relationship with God:-
Either we totally immerse ourselves in God’s word and his blessings in a short-term feast;
Or, we just dip in and out over a long period of time without much enthusiasm or commitment.
I think that my friend Will would like us to enjoy his ice-cream every day of the week, and not just keep it for a wee treat at the weekend.
Similarly, I don’t think Will would be too chuffed if we were kind of indifferent about his ice-cream, just taking an occasional taste now and again when we happen to notice it sitting in our freezer.
Over thousands of years of man’s relationship with God there have been revivals when multitudes have been stirred to a passionate relationship with him through a widespread movement of the Holy Spirit throughout a community, or a city, or even a whole nation. Places of worship have been filled to overflowing, queues of believers eagerly jostle to be baptised, and Jesus Christ is publicly proclaimed as Lord and Saviour.
However, in the decades inbetween these not-so-common revivals, people can often get quite indifferent about a relationship with God: they only visit church when they need to: for a wedding or a funeral, or when they are reluctantly dragged along for something special like a Christmas carol service.
Like all the ice-cream sitting cold and lonely in my freezer compartment, God is waiting for you to notice him so that he can become more and more important to you.
Because God can bring immeasurably more pleasure than even the finest things in this world.
In this age in which we are living right now, God often takes second place to following football, or fashion, or fads; God often takes second place to watching television, or following social media, or playing games,…
Incrementally, God can easily become less and less significant in a person’s daily life.
Bit by bit, God can easily be squeezed further away from being relevant in a celebrity-filled tech-savvy world were we think we know it all!
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? [Psalm 2:1]
Human beings being inhuman
I heard this week that because our hospitals are so busy dealing with flu patients, some cancer treatments are being cancelled; however the abortion clinic remains open for business! I realise that there will be practical administration reasons surrounding these decisions, but from where I sit, it is very disappointing.
The less we focus on God’s word, the less we commune with him.
The less time we commune with God, the less important he becomes in our life.
This is what the devil wants: he is too weak to challenge God directly, so he tries to hurt God by attacking his children – slowly driving a wedge between us and God.
Commit to spend more time in the presence of God.
Commune with him.
Immerse yourself his word.
Meditate on his truth, one phrase at a time.
And learn to truly live.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.