Times of Crisis

relationship with godHow many of us drop to our knees the minute our lives fall apart? 

Eek!!! Lord knows I sure do.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with going to God in the time of need.  God tells us to come to Him and He will protect us, guide us and love us.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

The problem is that when we are at our lowest we expect God’s immediate attention and for Him to miraculously give us an outcome that we are happy with…however, during every other time in our lives we are okay with dismissing God, refusing to acknowledge Him, and rejecting His commandments.

We want what we want when we want it, but only on our terms.

A real relationship with God doesn’t work like that.

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. 1Corinithians 11:1-2

Times of crisis definitely bring us closer to God, but this is not the time to work on our relationship with Him.

How can we truly be comforted or attain the peace that is beyond human understanding if we only come to the Lord when we have a problem?

We really can’t be that prepared to accept His help during adversity because we won’t be trained in His wisdom and knowledge of what we should really do or how we should react when tragedy strikes.

The only way to really live in God’s refuge (regardless of what is going on in our lives) is to cultivate a relationship with Him – starting today.

So, where do we start?

  • ·        Ask God to help us draw near to Him.
  • ·        Pray to Him daily.
  • ·        Open up about our lives to Him and be honest with our struggles and sin.
  • ·        Ask for forgiveness.
  • ·        Turn away from our sins and follow God’s leading.
  • ·        Start reading His Word on a regular basis.
  • ·        Have faith that God will protect us in all things even when the worst happens.

It’s easy to blame God when bad things happen, but the world we live in is the result of our choice to turn away from God in the first place.  The fallen world will affect us all, but we can live in faith that our eternal life is secure by the death of Jesus Christ as long as we believe in Him and cultivate a relationship with Him.

What are you doing today to foster a friendship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ?

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 18:24 – A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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