I always have to chuckle when I read about Felix. (Not to mention I sing the “Felix the Cat” theme song in my head.)
The story goes that a great preacher/speaker was being held captive and Big Shot Political Felix wanted to hear the captive speak. Felix sent for Paul, the captive preacher, and Felix and his wife listened intently.
I’ll pick up the story in Acts 24:25: “As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control, and the judgement to come, Felix was afraid and said, ‘That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.’”
I wrote in the margin of my Bible, “We want God when it’s convenient but not when it doesn’t suit us. And certainly not when the reality of God scares us.”
I always get a kick out of people saying the Bible is out of touch with life in 2019. Actually, I find it to be the opposite.
- When life is dark and scary I need you God, but when life and skies are sunny, well, we’ll touch base later.
- I’m with you God. When it’s just You and me we are solid. But how about we just keep our relationship to ourselves. I wouldn’t want anyone to think I’m weak or needy or crazy.
- Hey God, as long as following you doesn’t really hurt me or cost me anything, I’m in, but please don’t alter anything about my life because I’m really most concerned with my comfort.
- Ummm . . . I know you taught us to pray, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive others,” but that’s super inconvenient because after what she’s done to me I’m justified in holding a grudge. So you don’t really mean that, right? You don’t mean that I really have to forgive her?
While my children were growing up I would always tell them, “Be careful when life seems to be problem-free. Satan is not going to mess with someone who isn’t a threat to the kingdom of God.”
God isn’t some genie in a lamp that we rub and ask to come out only when we want something. He wants to be a part of every part of our lives.
- That’s not convenient.
- What He allows certainly doesn’t always “suit us.”
- And while God is amazingly loving, the reality of being apart from Him is frightening.
Felix. Funny. I could insert the name “Amy J.” instead, as there have been many times in my life the same could have been said of me too.
And perhaps you feel the same way, Dear Reader.
Until the next Wednesday the Lord allows.