Crises Turned Into Treasures

February 26, 2011

Friends,
I drove past a church sign this week that said, “Trusting God can turn a crisis into a treasure.” How true this is! And what an encouraging reminder about our powerful God who is also so kind, so merciful, so wise, and so compassionate.

Crises will come. That’s life in a fallen world. But we have hope –great hope based on faith. For “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Heb. 11:1) God wants our undivided, whole-hearted trust, for He wants us to learn that He not only delights to do us good, but that He is abundantly able to do so. Yes, many of us are in a crisis now, or have been in the past, yet we look around at the treasures God has been forming out of the suffering, even because of it, and we see that He knows what He is doing.

So, because we’ve seen what God has done for us in the past, we can face new crises with confidence. We can quote Ps. 120:1 to Him, reminding Him that His Word does not lie: “I call on the Lord in my distress, and He answers me.” This is a promise (for those who are obediently abiding in Him) and we can therefore fully expect that God will deliver us from distress. This includes all distress –not just physical, but that which is gripping many people these days –mental, emotional, and spiritual– as confusion and anxiety harass minds and spirits. But God can bring peace to us even when the storm continues to rage, for He promises us a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7), as well as a refuge under His strong and comforting presence. (Ps. 57:1)

Ps. 25:15 says, “My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only He will release my feet from the snare.” We should ask God to release us from our snares. Often “we have not because we ask not.” Or we ask without believing. (James 1:6) We should ask for wisdom every day. And in the name of Jesus, we should take every thought captive to obey Christ (based on 2 Cor. 10:5). We should daily put the armor on as Eph. 6:10-18 tells us to do. We do this by saying, “I put on… in the name of Jesus.” We also must take time to meditate on God’s Word and find there, through His Spirit’s instruction, what should be our course of action. (See Ps. 32:8) We should say, “God, I believe what You are saying here in Your Word. So I wait for You to instruct me.” We should also do much praising and giving of thanks to God because this paves the way for deliverance. (Ps. 50:14,15,23)

These are true steps to be taken, not just given a fleeting thought in our minds. Furthermore, we need to believe that when we cry out to the Lord in genuine trust, like a little child crying for help toward a tender-hearted parent, Ps. 34:17 is promised: “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.” And: “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.” (v. 19) –All! We can certainly remind God of His own Word here and launch out in faith to what He guides us to do.

So whatever our distress, we can know we have a God who saves, a God who deeply cares about each one of us, and a God who is all-wise and all-mighty. 2 Tim. 4:18 says, “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Yes, He is worthy of our trust, our praise, and our worship as we say, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.” (Rev. 4:11)

Yes, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (5:12)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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