Are We Fair Weather Friends With God?

Hi, friends. In today’s post, we ask ourselves, how deep is our faith? Are we fair weather friends with God?

Fair weather friends are people we can have fun with but can’t lean on in times of hardship.

Fair weather friends with God love God in a superficial way. They (we) throw around phrases like “Just give me Jesus” and “God is good” when their lives are sailing smoothly, but when they find themselves driving down Rocky Road, God is nowhere in sight. In hard times, fair weather friends succumb to anxiety, fear, bitterness, hopelessness, anger, and self-pity.

Fair weather friends in our lives vs. fair weather friends with God differ in one way. Some fair weather friends with God do turn to Him AFTER the negative emotions listed above have wreaked havoc on their mental, physical, and spiritual health. At that point, their prayers do not come from a place of trust; they come from a place of end-of-the-line desperation. We should remember, though, that even devout Christians can fall in this trap of lacking faith and not seeking God when we’re in trouble.

I will quote a beloved hymn here, friends–

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
And to take Him at His word
Just to rest upon His promise
Just to know, "Thus saith the Lord"

And here’s another–

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer

It is sweet to trust in Jesus; it is a privilege to have true communion with the Lord rather than to be fair weather friends.

God is not a figurine on the mantle, nor does He fit in our back pockets. God is the creator of all things in heaven and on earth, and He loves us.

May we pursue a relationship with God where we thank Him in the good times and turn to Him in the bad.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)

In Christ we have bold and confident access to God through faith in Him. Ephesians 3:12 (CEB)

We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (CEB)

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

[Tis so sweet to be Biblically literate and hold these truths in my heart.]

Thanks for reading! Have you gone through trials that tested your faith? Let me know in the comments.


22 responses to “Are We Fair Weather Friends With God?”

  1. Yes, I have been through trials. My faith wasn’t tested. It was strengthened by those trials. Yes, I was upset about my cancer diagnosis and treatment in 2005. But, through that situation, my husband and I were able to start a cancer support group at church, start a Relay for Life team and we were able to help others going through their own cancer experience. I don’t like trials and stressful times but I am comforted knowing he is with me. 🙂

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    1. That’s awesome, Mimi! Getting those opportunities to start the support group and the Relay for Life team is just an illustration of Romans 8;28. 🙂

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  2. riverlifepsalms1 Avatar

    POWERFUL POWERFUL POWERFUL!! Our lives are Yours Lord! Have Your way in us!!

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  3. John 3:16, One of my favorites. I try to remember a couple different verses that I can say repeatedly in my head when ever bad times may happen and just to say any old time. Love your post.

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  4. For sure, at my age but He has always brought me thru.:)

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  5. Great post, Lily! Thank you. 🙂

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  6. Oh, yes, Lily. And he ALWAY keeps those promises. Thanks for this post!

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    1. Amen, Cheryl! Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

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  7. I haven’t had much fair weather smooth sailing time since the Lord called me to ministry 30 years ago, but I do not regret it at all. 🙂

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    1. Your ministry is inspirational to many! 🙂

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      1. Thank you so much my little sister in Jesus 😀

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  8. That’s a hard question to answer because I believe every trial is a sort of test of faith, not whether we pass or fail, but to increase our faith. It’s kind of how the Lord takes us from faith to faith as spoken of in Romans 1. My faith in God has always pretty much been secure but in each trial it is learning to depend on Him rather than myself.

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    1. I can relate to that–the more I go through, the more I learn to lean into Him!

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  9. Very powerful message, Lily. I think I’ve shared my story with you before. I’ve been facing difficult times since 2014, and at the start, I felt alone and helpless. I still feel helpless and alone sometimes, but whenever I feel that, I would remind myself of God’s promises for me in the Bible. He said he can’t give us a challenge that’s bigger than we can handle.

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    1. Thank you, Obinna. I know you have struggled with faith in the past, just like everyone else including most characters in the Bible (lol), but I hope you are feeling more peaceful lately.

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  10. Great post, Lily. Unfortunately, the only way to discover if we are fair weather Christians is to have our faith tested.

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    1. Thanks, Bill. Good point! So, ironically, a person who has faced more struggles (and acquired a stronger faith) is better off that a person who is more prosperous who hasn’t had their faith tested. Maybe our disabilities are blessings instead of curses. 😉


  11. OOOO thought-provoking!!! LOVE IT!

    I definitely have struggled with anxiety, bitterness, fear, etc D (all of the above xD ) but something I’ve found is to go through these experiences WITH GOD. I think Paul and Job are perfect examples of this. We can experience things and struggle against the waters. But like Peter, be close enough to Christ so when we call out, He’s right there. He never left and we do not need to stray ❤


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