Over the course of a now long life, I have invested much of said life in helping people get through some sort of crisis in their life. The rest of the time I have helped me to get through crisis, often ones I never dreamed I would have. I base this illusion on having sent several hankies to different TV preachers for prayer anointing. Perhaps the thread count was too sparse.
One familiar with unexpected times of trouble wrote, “Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” Job 5:7.
John F. Kennedy popularized the meaning of the Chinese word for crisis in a speech given in Indianapolis, Indiana April 12, 1959 with this; “When written in Chinese the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.” A few purists debate the accuracy of the translation, but I accept it as does the bulk of Americans.
Along the same line of thinking on crisis, Soren Kierkegaard stated, “All change is preceded by crisis.”
I take the truth about crisis to mean, if I am facing trouble, then I can pray for God to keep it away. He does this occasionally. More often the crisis leads to troublesome times, and change. The point being Jesus does bring us through the crisis, the trouble, the storm and circumstances have changed. We have the choice of using the change for better or worse. Christians have the option of accepting the change as positive or negative. A life crisis may make you bitter of better. The choice is yours.
Jesus touched on this when He said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.
It’s a matter of biblical fact that Christ permitted the crisis, the trouble to enter your life for His glory and your ultimate benefit, so according to Romans 8:28 the trouble serves a divine and human purpose.
We must learn to simply pray for the wisdom from above to see and seize the opportunity within the crisis.
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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