Superman is a particular icon. He’s adored because it’s comforting to imagine there’s a “Man of Steel” ready to fight and help when trouble arises. He flies to the rescue, takes out the villains, and then lets the innocent civilians go on with their lives. Superman is always there to help, then leaves when he’s not needed anymore.
God and Superman have a lot in common. They’re powerful and rescue those in trouble. However, there is a difference. Superman is not a daily part of the civilians’ lives. He’s just there when the people need him.
Unfortunately, some people treat God the same way. They keep God in their pocket until they need help. Once God sets their feet on dry land again, they give brief thanks and walk away.
Yet, once God helps those in trouble, He doesn’t simply let them go back to what they were doing.In Jeremiah chapter 29, God promised the exiled Israel “I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to [Israel]. For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (10-11 NIV).
God demands allegiance from His rescued. God saves people because He cares and has plans for them. The next time God gets you through a tough circumstance, remember that He has a purpose and plan for you.
Copyright by Molly Anderson 2012. Use by permission only.