I’m sure you’ve asked yourself this question – Where are you God, I’m in a crisis? I know I have! The truth, He hasn’t gone anywhere. God can do great work in the darkness, even though you think He isn’t doing anything at all. Your response to God can turn a crisis into calm and pain into power!
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
It’s a easy thing to say that God is a healer when you are not sick. It’s a different box of toys when you or a loved one are sick. To know that He is a way-maker when you are not lost is a different kind of knowing for those times when you are lost. It’s one thing to say that God is a provider when your fridge is full and your bank account is sufficient. It’s a whole other type of knowing when your fridge is empty and you’re flat broke.
God allows crisis situations in our lives because in them we discover God in a way we have never known Him before. When He wants to move you to a new level of intimacy with Him, He will typically use a crisis. For example, when the Israelites fled Egypt on their way to the Promised Land, God allowed them to run into what seemed an impossible situation in their path—He allowed them to get caught between the pursuant Egyptians and the Red Sea. But in allowing them to reach the end of themselves, He also allowed them to witness what He could do when there seemed to be no more options available.
He can do the same for you. He will, if you trust Him. God does some of His best work when your back is up against the wall. Let Him use the crisis you are in to show you His power, His presence, and His ability to turn your situation around.
The purpose of trials and crisis in your life is to get you to cry out to God and then see Him come to your deliverance. When this happens, you get to know His power, His presence, His purpose at a higher level than ever before. You come to know God in ways you could never know Him when life is simply comfortable.
While most of us assume all blessings include favour and things going well, God tells us and shows us that He can also bless us through pain. A downturn in your situation can actually be a blessing that puts you on the path to an upturn. It was in the added stress on the Israelites’ work, as slaves in Egypt, that caused them to cry out to God. This caused Him to respond to their cry and ushered in their eventual freedom and establishment as their own nation.
Hebrews 12 tells us that God will often shake things up in order to usher in something new – The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Never look at your crisis as merely a negative thing that you must endure. Many crises are positive things disguised as pain. They are God—reaching in and placing you on a pathway to your purpose.
What could you change to be thankful to God for putting you in times of crisis?
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