Christ Will Come into Our Crisis
Read John 15:1-4
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."
How does it make you feel knowing that Jesus is with us during a crisis?
David Wilkerson, once the pastor of the Times Square Church in New York City, concludes that we are always to pray in faith, believing that God will answer, yet trusting Him completely with our situation, saying, "But if not, Lord, I'm still going to trust You!"
That's acceptance at its deepest level: knowing Christ Jesus will come into our crisis and walk through it with us. Yielding ourselves to Him and His will and trusting that whatever happens, He's faithful and He'll never leave us or forsake us. The peace and freedom from fear that comes with this kind of confidence in God is sufficient for any of our earthly trials.
As we trust Jesus, here's what we are telling Him: "I accept that this is my situation at the moment, so I'll look unblinkingly at the reality of it. But I'll also open my hands to accept whatever you send, Lord ... and I won't slam the door on hope."
The best thing we can do is shift from questioning or being demanding of God. Instead of saying, "When are You going to take this problem away?" we should ask Him, "What is it You're shaping in my life through this trial or difficulty? What can I learn from this experience?" Oh, how the Lord is often just waiting for us to ask this so He can show us. A humble, teachable attitude can minimize the frustrations we feel when the trial we're in continues long past when we think it should be over.
Lord, thank You for walking with me through the turmoil. Help me to remain in You. Amen.