Psalm 119:67-68… “I used to wander off until you disciplined me; but now I closely follow your word. You are good and do only good; teach me your principles.” (NLT)
There are times in our lives that the Lord deals with us on a crisis basis. Why? To see how we react and respond. Do we lash back at God, or do we receive His corrective word and move on? Crisis experiences often come to bring us out of our shell. We do hide our abilities and talents. Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea had been secret disciples, or disciples not known as such to the Pharisees and Pilate. Then a crisis came. Jesus was on the cross. These two men came out into the open–they came to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus for burial (John 19:38-42). God had used a crisis to get these two believers out into the open and into usefulness. There was a work to be done and the disciples who had openly been with Jesus fled the scene. Are you a hidden disciple?
When we look into the wilderness journey of Israel, we see one crisis after another… thirst, hunger, snakes, enemies, and rebelliousness. God said to them, “And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no” (Deuteronomy 8:2–4, KJV). The crisis was both educational and cleansing. It showed the nation what was really in their hearts. The crisis was a “proving,” a “test,” to see if they would keep the commandments (commandments are words to live by). God strengthened Israel through crisis experiences.
Many of you have experienced crisis after crisis, which God has designed to make you strong and dependable. They are never designed to make you weak. God assured Israel that in their crisis, He led them, fed them, cared for them, and delivered them. Remember, Christian, you are not being led at the whim of some mindless despot, but you are led as a son or daughter by a wise and loving God who cares for you. Because He loves you…
Pastor George Belobaba
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