I don't know where the saying comes from, but I've heard it many times -- on TV, in song somewhere: "If God never does anything else for me, I'd still love him. He has done enough."
People usually nod, raise their hands, say Amen to a statement like this. They might dance. Say mmm hmm. Break out in song.
I don't. Let me tell you why.
I don't think it's true. For me, it is not true, and I always feel a pang of fear when I hear it. I could not honestly say God you can stop doing things for me now. Every prayer I ever pray is exactly the opposite of this statement.
I know that I'm unusual. I tend to take words and phrases by their literal meaning, and sometimes, I find it hard to grasp informal uses that don't quite line up with the literal meaning of the words. So, I do not mean to suggest that anyone who says If God never does anything else for me... means what I'm about to say it means. I know it is meant as a statement of faithfulness and praise similar to the words of Daniel's friends when faced with death by fire, that our relationship
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
with God is not solely about his gifts. It's about being reconciled to him, which has been accomplished once for all in Christ.
To me, I hear God, I'm ok now. Thanks. And that is never true. I need more. I don't need to simply get back up on my feet. I need constant help. All the time. Forever.