We see crises every day. A crisis can come from natural disasters, the unexpected loss of loved ones, financial ruin, etc. But there is no greater crisis than a crisis of faith.
When we have a crisis of faith, we are more vulnerable to attacks from the Devil. How can we recognize the attacks? The moment we begin to question God or doubt his plan heavily. Those feelings don’t come from heaven. If we dwell on those thoughts, we make it easier for Satan to take advantage of us. And that’s exactly what the Devil wants.
Hebrews 4:16 tell us what to do in times of spiritual crisis. “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Jesus is inviting us to approach Him. He wants us to reach out in times of crisis. And he will support us so that we can make it through crisis.
However, if we come to God only in times of urgency, we only being disciples of Jesus when convenient. In a crisis, it is better to know the Lord already than not at all. Jesus isn’t a convenience. He is a necessity.
James 1:12-13 gives us a good idea of what to expect when we are steadfast. “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
We have to exercise patience in times of crisis. Sometimes that crisis may last much longer than we expect. But as we diligently follow the Lord, he will help ease our challenges, and we can make it.
1. Commit James 1:12-13 to memory.