“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33 (NIV)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. — Romans 8:28 (NIV)
How do you respond to a crisis in your life? With the nature of life in general, odds have it that you are just exiting, currently in or about to face a crisis of some sort in the near future. As you know, crises tend to serve as violent interruptions in our well-manicured schedules. Many of us work very hard to erect a fortified city around ourselves and loved one against this vicious monster.
Try as you may, but crises will barge in uninvited anyway. Nevertheless, as humans, it is hard to thank Him for the crisis but we can definitely thank Him in and through the season. It may not look or feel good at the time but rest assured, if He allows it to enter our lives, we can be confident that it will work out for our good and for His glory in the end.
Your greatest misery will probably lead to your biggest ministry. Testimonies are knit together with a thread of successful outcomes stemming from multiple tests. What appears to be a heap of ashes left over from broken relationships and crushed dreams, etc., really serves as painting supplies for God’s canvas. He dips His paint brush into the ashes of our lives, infuses it with the beautiful and boldest of colors and yields an amazing masterpiece. Out of your story is where God will get the utmost glory and lives will forever be changed because you said “Yes Lord.”
Lord, thank You for reminding me that this life is so much larger than myself. Give me the strength to press through the test with joy in my heart and a skip in my step.