od is NOT your trunk-monkey
There is a little series of short comedic videos on YouTube called the Trunk Monkey. Here is the link to the original trilogy of which I speak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx6WB5YJia8
If you are not able to pull these videos up, or not 'in the know,' about the Trunk Monkey, these are a fictitious advertisement for the new cars which have a new attachment called the Trunk Monkey. When you get in trouble, just push the little button on the dashboard and out comes this little monkey which will take care of the problem for you. Then, the little fellow will simply get back into the trunk, and you go on your way.
Considering the risk of sounding sacrilegious I would like to share a thought. How many times have we praised God as He did something special in our lives; a healing, a miracle, or salvation? Remember the gratefulness you felt as you considered Him and His Mercy, His Peace, His Love and His Sacrifice on the tree?
God is always at your beck and call, ready and willing to guard you, keep you, heal you, save you from something you created yourself. He is always excited to answer your call of praise, worship, love, lifting Him up, sharing Him and his beloved love to others and your plea for help. He is always ready to turn the honey bucket over your head.
But, how many times has the 'new' worn off these experiences, and soon we resume our everyday tasks and responsibilities, totally distracted from the wonder of Him?
Then, we are sick, need help, or need something that only God can provide or do, we call on Him to come to our aid. Then, as that incident passes, we again sink into our old role of simply being human, seldom praising Him Whose glory fills the whole earth . . .
(Psa_72:19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen)
, or stopping to think on 'these things' . . .
(Php_4:8 as instructed by Apostle Paul to the church at Philiipi Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.)
and NEVER do we worship, thank, praise, and a myriad of other ways of drawing night to Him.
Soon we are back languishing in our ways, essentially saying, "ok, get back in the trunk." But I'm here to tell you today, God IS NOT, nor will HE EVER be our trunk monkey! He wants to put His loving embrace about you, but, on a consistent basis, not when we're 'in the mood,' or sick or in dire need of His help.
Unless we are careful to not fall prey to distraction, we will be treating Him just like the guy did who was about to get a royal whooping from the thug yelling at his window. When the monkey took care of the thug, the owner with a flippant attitufr simply said "get back in the trunk . . . ."
Feeling guilty yet? We all are guilty whether we admit it or not. "Oh God, forgive ME!!" I feel like I've been the absolute worst at treating God as if He were simply a trunk monkey.
Yet, we can be overcomers of this very real sin against God. How? I'm glad you asked. Two complete answers have already been given in the above scriptures. Let Him be God in lives twenty four hrs per day, seven days a week. Lift Him up! Help me lift Him up. He's worthy!
God IS NOT our own personal trunk monkey! He is the Creator of the Universe and of man, He allowed his flesh, the body of Jesus Christ, (the only part of God we'll ever see because a Spirit hath not flesh and bone), the Lamb, die on the tree supplying a fresh and continual, pure blood to be shed for our salvation. And it still alive and flowing and washing to this very day!
God is not our call when we need Him trunk monkey! No, a thousand times NO! But, He is a loving Saviour on whom we can lean and resist the wiles of the enemy perpetually!