2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 – Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. (KJV)
When I pick up the telephone and hear a retracted little voice saying, "Hiiiii, Mrs. D.," I know that a favour is going to be asked of me.
It has become a standard joke, and, recently, upon complying with the latest request, the requester said, "I promise one day I'll call you just to chat and not ask a favour at all." To which we both laughed, for we know in our hearts that that isn't going to happen.
I am blessed with many faithful friends far and near; there are still others in my life from whom I don't hear from one month to another, unless it be to ask a favour of me. And then there are others from whom I don't hear for years, but then receive a long letter with an outpouring of their lives to date. I answer it, and may or may not receive a reply, and then we each carry on until the next time that they feel compelled to keep up the contact.
I suppose we all have people in our lives who call only when they need something, and I've come to the conclusion that they are not there to irritate or hurt us. Far from it. We have been given them as an analogy to remind us of the relationship which we may or may not exchange with God.
Do we keep Him with us through the thick and thin of our entire walk in this life? Do we thank Him when we feel blessed, as well as when we are petitioning Him — or are we like my caller: when He hears our voice, does He know that we want a favour or request?
Prayer: May we strive to strengthen our relationship with You, O God. Let us not see You as someone who is only needed to grant our requests. May we remember to shower You frequently with our thanks for the favours You so graciously give us through Your many beautiful blessings every single day. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.