Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.
Let’s face it, bad things happen to you. Bad things happen to me. At our deepest level, most of us know those two truths are exactly that–true. But what we often don’t know is Why?
My pastor, Larry Scott, recently delivered another powerful sermon that grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. He said, “Most of the major opportunities in the Bible were born in crises. Sometimes God lets the sun go down so He can be our only Light.”
Then he went on to say, “Having a big, bold faith doesn’t guarantee that God will work things out the way we want. Our faith doesn’t control God.”
I remember a time, years ago, when reality hit that I couldn’t manipulate God. I could hide my motives, my thoughts, and my secret hopes from my family and friends. I looked as if I was trusting God on the outside. My conversation could even sound godly as I walked in the perception of faith. But reality is, I could never hide my motives, thoughts, and secret hopes from God. He cannot be manipulated. He will always know my heart. Was I truly trusting Him or not?
The struggle you’re going through right now . . . the one I’m going through . . .Could they possibly be opportunities born in crisis to take us to the end of our sunlight, simply so He could shine His Light in our lives?
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:8-11
Could our crises be opportunities to develop and stand on an authentic, big, bold faith that says, “Not my will, but yours be done”?
I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,
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