Read Psalm 18
Focus on verse 6
It is one thing to have faith in one’s spare tire in the event that a flat tire is encountered while on the road, it is entirely another to have what some folks call “spare tire faith”. Spare tire faith is the kind of faith in God that one only accesses in the case of an emergency. While it is commendable to trust God in the midst of a crisis, it is problematic if this is the only time we actually think about trusting Him.
I have met too many people who claim to follow Jesus whose life is really no different from that of an unbeliever when life is going well. However, when a crisis comes along, after all the human efforts to solve the crisis have proved fruitless, it becomes time to get religious. Why is it that so many of us wait until we have run out of our own options before we bring our issues to the Lord. As a follower of Jesus it would seem to me that this should be our first response.
David writes in verse 6, “In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help.” There are few things that serve to drive us to our knees before the Lord than a serious crisis that we have no idea how to handle on our own. Typically our first response to such an event is to complain and whine or perhaps even get angry, when perhaps it would be more fitting to respond with a word of thanks to the Lord for reminding us again of our need of Him.