God Given Crises
Blind people, deaf people, sick people, crippled people and demon-possessed people had crises. Their crises made them willing to come to Jesus, sometimes with the help of others. Jesus caused the crises that revealed their need for Him, sometimes sent people to bring them to Himself and sometimes He went to them Himself. Paul had a God-given crisis. He was blinded.Acts 9:5: And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
When I was saved I had a God-given crisis. There are several ways I might define it. I was helpless to enjoy my life. Others seemed to enjoy lives much like mine but I could not. There were a lot of good things in it, a good job, nice home, enjoyable things, lovely wife and a daughter that adored me. I should have been able to enjoy it but I could not. I did not know what was wrong. What was wrong was that I was running my own life. I was hopelessly lost somewhere between Proverbs 14:12 and Jeremiah 10:23.
Proverbs 14:12: There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Jeremiah 10:23: O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
Paul asked a question we all ought to ask God, perhaps many times each day: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? While I didn*t ask that specific question, I understood that I would be doing some different things from then on. Like Paul, I didn*t know what they were either. God said one simple thing to Paul: Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
God made me know that He wanted to change me and my life and He made me want those things too and know that I needed them. I didn*t know specifically what the changes would be, but I knew that He would bring them about. I knew that He knew best and I trusted Him.
Peter had a crisis. He was about to drown.
Matthew 14:30: But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
The publican had a crisis. He knew he needed mercy.
Luke 18:13: And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
The thief on the cross had a crisis. He was about to die and go to Hell.
Luke 23:42: And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
King David had a crisis. He knew he had sinned against God.
Psalms 51b: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Have you had a God-given crisis yet and have you trusted Jesus to solve it? Some believers live for self and seem to need a crisis to drive them back to the Lord. I have been a stubborn believer like that. It is hard to kick against the pricks. (The reproof OR the chastening of God.)