This Sunday past, we talked about crisis.
We’ve all faced them. A health crisis, a career crisis, a marriage crisis, a crisis of confidence, a mid-life crisis, a financial crisis, a family crisis, a crisis of faith.
Its in crisis that Christ can best be heard. “God whispers in our pleasure but shouts in our pain,” is how CS Lewis described it. Every crisis will present an opportunity. The lowest period IN your life can lead to the highest purpose FOR your life. The strength that Jesus gives in the midst of crisis can create an opportunity to experience remarkable courage to live life.
2 Timothy 4:16,17 illustrates this so well – “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength…” The author was Paul. These few phrases describe one of his many crisis experiences. Although his recounting is only a few words, make no mistake, the crisis – tension – resolution process was longer than a few minutes. Paul practiced the presence of Christ in his crisis – he focused on Christ, prayed, “What would Jesus do?” and then did it. And he found remarkable courage. When no one supports you and everyone deserts you and you can still stand, that’s remarkable. That’s Jesus.
Are you facing crisis? Call us. 780-452-5566 We have ministries that can help you find Jesus and provide strength to face loss, addiction, divorce, grief…crisis.