“Crisis Never Surprises God!”
Actually if anybody is ever really doing anything in the kingdom of God, crises are to be expected occasionally.
Peter believed this:
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s suffering; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy”. 1st Peter 4:12,13.
So here are fifteen important facts to remember during crisis:
Every champion in scripture seemed to move continuously from one crisis to another:
“But in all things approving ourselves as the minister of God, in much patient, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watching’s, in fasting. 2 Corinthians 6:4,5.
Paul experienced highs and low in favour and disfavour:
“By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live, as chastened, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. 2 Corinthians 6:8-10.
Jesus experienced numerous crisis:
“It finally seemed to end at the crucifixion. Yet, even at His crucifixion, He was jeered and taunted by His enemies. Even His resurrection has been doubted by thousands. Matt. 27:40-43.
– Crisis is always the hinge on the door of promotion.
– Every champion has difficult circumstances to overcome.
– Daniel was thrown into the lion den.
– Daniel’s three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, were thrown into the fiery furnace.
– Job lost his children, possessions, and good health.
– Elijah’s brook dried up.
– The widow of Zarephath came to her last meal during the famine, almost starving.
– Joseph experienced hatred by his brothers, false accusation against his character, then was forgotten in prison for two years after he interpreted the dream of the butler.
Paul knew that crisis attracted the power and strength of God. He continues:
“And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9,10.
Paul embraced his season of crisis:
“If we suffer, we shall also reign with him…… 2 Timothy 2:12
…..If so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:17,18.
Paul anticipated recognition and reward for surviving his crisis. His voice was filled with energy, excitement, and joy:
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7,8.
Paul encouraged us to look beyond the present crisis:
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”. Titus 2:13.
Be encouraged in knowing that you will have a divine companion through every crisis:
“Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fir, thou shalt not burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon the”. Isa. 43:1,2.
You will learn more in crisis than you will ever learn in any victory:
“Though he were a son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered”. Hebrews 5:8.
Crisis is the season in which God has an opportunity to reveal His love and supernatural power in your life:
“And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong”. 2nd Corinthians 12:9,10.
And James knew that patience could produce very miracle and desired provision you could ever want:
“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing”. James 1:4.
James understood that crisis produces patience:
“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience”. James 1:3.
Your crisis will not last but pass:
“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning”. Psalm 30:5.
In every crisis, increasing your time spent in the secret place, your prayer closet, will bring protection:
“For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord”. Psalm 27:5,6.
Crisis is always an exit from your present…
It is your passage to promotion. Embrace it and try to look for a way out and do not give in to temptation for you can survive it.