Remember this. When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God.
True. True. True. A lot of times we get so distracted by our daily lives that we end up not realizing that we are withdrawing from God. Then when we are experience bad situations that are not getting better when we want them to, we think that maybe God has turned his back on us. Negative. It's not that God has turned his back on us (he's sitting in the place that he's always been and doing the great things that he's always done), but it's that we have turned our back on him. We don't pray as much as we use to, we don't praise him as much as we use to, we don't worship him as much as we use to, we don't go to church as much as we use to, we don't tithe as much as we use to, and we don't read the bible as much as we use to. We start allowing work, significant others, children, hobbies, school, etc to take time away that should be dedicated to him. The more we do this, whether realizing it or not, the further away we pull from God. He is sitting and waiting on us to draw close again so he can pour out blessings upon us and open doors that no man can shut. This kind of goes back to what I said about a previous quote, whether we realize it or not, there is always something that WE did to place ourselves in the situations we are in. Sometimes we actually have to backtrack to find out when was it that we did something that we should not have done or did not do something that we should have done that could have led us to this point. I can boldly admit that there was a time when I was so caught up in enjoying living the good life that my time spent with God did decrease. It didn't become obsolete, but it did decrease and I often think that maybe that is why certain things started going wrong in my life. He should take precedence over any other "good things" we have going on in our lives. Not putting him first can cause those "good things" to disappear within the blink of an eye.