James 1:2-4 states
2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
A challenging statement and far easier to read that to go through.
Isaiah 64:8 states
8 But now, O Lord, You are our Father,
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all of us are the work of Your hand.
How wonderful to know that we are the work of the creator of the universe!
Russ shared with us the “crisis” he went through with God (available here) and here are some of the revelations:
- In order for a resurrection there must be a death.
- When God speaks, your situation doesn’t necessarily change, but you change.
- When God speaks, life is released.
- Prov 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
- Even in the midst of a crisis you can still have intimacy with God. Jesus said (in Matt 28:20) that he will be with us “even to the end of the age”
- You have to build your relationship with God yourself. You can receive an impartition from others, but you cannot receive someone else’s experience of a relationship. God walked with Adam and Eve in the garden in the cool of the day, so he wants to walk with you, be with you.
- Give God time to respond. A relationship is a two-way thing, Ps 34 “I sought the Lord and he answered me.”
- Share what you are going through with your spouce/ best friend
- You are not abandoned, God is with you in the fire Ps 23 “Even though I walk through the valley of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me’.
“Great faith is a product of great fights” – Smith Wigglesworth.
Phil 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.