Or maybe we tire of the same routine of going to church on Sunday, Bible Study or cell groups during mid-week, then we drag ourselves through the rest of the week, usually in failure.
Such is the life of many Christians I know, including myself.
I remember a Keith Green song:
To obey is better than sacrifice,
I don't need your money, I want your life.
And I hear you say that I'm coming back soon,
But you act like I'll never return.
How often do we find ourselves thinking that we're "good with God" just because we show up for church services on Sunday and speak Christianese? I've never led anyone to Christ because they knew how much time and money I gave to my church.
God doesn't expect us to be perfect, though Paul admonishes us to "aim for perfection." He knew that His grace would cover us because we were in need of grace. For whatever reason, whether through hurt, sorrow, or bitterness, we come to the point where we stop turning to God and turn and walk away.
I"ve almost done that. Many times. In fact I used to struggle that I too would somehow fall from God's grace so far that His long merciful arm could not reach me. But I was wrong.
Every time I found myself turning to give up on God, he proved that he was there and that he never gave up on me. God understood my frailties, and though I'm sure he was saddened when I wandered, he did more than wait patiently for my return. He let the rain fall on me and showered me with his faithfulness.
I was asked a question this morning: "Why didn't you leave God and how do you keep the faith?"
My answer was "The plain truth is this: I can't leave the faith because God never left me."