In Times of Crisis: Are we Asking the Right Questions?
In a recent post on my Blog www.greatcommissionathome.com while reviewing a book by Aubrey Malphurs called A New Kind of Church, I posted the following quote:
“The only things you can be sure of are death, taxes, and change.”
Change has become a way of life in our modern culture, but at the same time we fear it and sometimes ignore it. We fear what we don’t know. We ignore what we don’t want to see because we don’t want to have to change ourselves in certain areas, and our fleshly appetites are constantly fed by new and better technologies changing at every turn. It’s a strange dichotomy – this thing we call change. But it is something we have to learn to deal with or it will deal with us.
There seems to be a collective feeling that change is coming. A recent daily devotional post by Bill Cloud echoed these similar sentiments. I’ve especially felt the initial winds of change over the past year having been placed by God in a type of spiritual “wilderness” out in Phoenix, AZ.
Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be clarity as to what this coming “change” is going to look like exactly, but many sense that it is coming. On the horizon it seems to involve some measure of violence against Christians and Jews as serious attacks, murders, rape, and devastation intensifies across the globe. But rather than asking how we will eventually escape the persecution that is surely to one day come to our own land in earnest, we should be considering and be encouraged by biblical history that demonstrates how the winds of change, though they might bring certain judgments to our land as seen in the first Exodus, they also bring with them great and glorious redemptions.
In the meantime, let us prepare our hearts for whatever the future may bring. The next time difficulties and crises begin to rise up in your own life, rather than asking “How can I get out of this mess?” instead try asking, “How can God be glorified in this situation?”
If God deliberately orchestrated the events and crisis of the first Exodus, and we are in a cycle of change in which we too will experience a type of personal Exodus, then we can look not with fear at these changes and difficulties, but we can look at them with a spirit of hope knowing that through our tribulations our redemption draws near. By this we can know that just as in Exodus 14:3-4 God deliberately allowed the enemy to perceive the weakness of the children of Israel when He led them off the wide road onto the narrow path in the wilderness, His leading us into crises and situations in which He is our only way out will similarly provide the necessary occasion for God to demonstrate once again His power over both His enemies and the elements. God alone will gain glory for Himself through His enemies and we will stand on the shore in awe and rejoice. In times of constant change and crisis we need to remember the way that God works and has worked in the past, because these things speak of how He will work again in the future. Only then will we have the right mindset to ask the right question in the midst of our troubles and tribulations: How can God be glorified in this situation?
In the end, we have to be honest with ourselves and come to grips with the realities in our flesh that are often more concerned about bringing ourselves relief in crisis than bringing glory to God. But the purpose of man is to do one thing and one thing only, and that is to bring glory to God. Everything we do must center on that singular purpose. As it is written:
“The end of the matter; (when) all has been heard (is this). Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
These words should both inspire holy awe and fear in us as much as bring us comfort and peace to endure any crisis, trial, or tribulation that comes our way.
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and establish peace for you.
B’shem Yeshua HaMoshiach. [In the Name of Yeshua the Messiah]