The crisis point
PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. –– Do you remember a crisis point in your life when perhaps you fell into debt, lost your job, suffered poor health, or lost a loved one? Perhaps you are facing a crisis of a different sort right now.
You are not alone. The Bible is filled with men and women who endured heartache and disappointment. Daniel, for example, had his reputation maligned and found himself in a den of lions. Joseph was betrayed by his brothers and cast into a pit of abandonment. Job suffered great pain and fell into the throes of despair.
We all face crisis points. But how we respond to a particular trial reveals our level of faith. Some people turn bitter, accusative and mean-spirited when things don’t go their way. Conversely, believers who are full of the Holy Spirit know how to turn to God for peace, comfort and direction when trouble comes. They know there is no crisis too big for God.
How we respond to crises also influences the level of God’s blessing on our lives. Because Daniel, Joseph and Job exhibited faith in the face of their crises, God exalted them to places of greater influence and opportunity. They discovered that their crisis points were in reality their threshold to victory. Each crisis was God’s opportunity to rescue and reward.
When crises threaten to nip away at our hope and joy, we can cling to Romans 5:2-5: “And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (NIV).
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