4. Look at the Storms You've Weathered to Find Encouragement
When we’re afraid, or going through difficult circumstances, our first response is telling. When life gets truly difficult, is the name of Jesus the first word on your lips? When I was all alone on a desolate highway during a tornado, His name was the only word I could utter.
How we respond in crisis reveals the measure of our faith and what we understand about the character of God. Our responses are an indicator of spiritual maturity, how well we know God, and what we believe about Him.
If you’re still struggling with doubt but have had a similar experience, consider it a gift from God. In the tornado, I had a rare opportunity to see how I’d respond when faced with a possible threat to my life. That Jesus was my immediate thought, cry, prayer, and plea is an ongoing source of encouragement to me, even now.
Storms reveal whom we really trust when we’re pushed beyond our breaking points. And though I had been wandering off and on for so many years, the tornado showed me that deep down, at the end of it all, I really did trust Jesus. God isn’t just faithful in hard times; His Holy Spirit is in us all the time, just waiting for opportunities to reveal Himself.
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