IN TIMES OF TROUBLE
Have you ever clung to a problem just long enough to squeeze some sympathy from your friends, companions, or acquaintances? Or occasionally played on another’s heart strings to get your way with them? Or even moved in on someone’s weakness knowing they’d succumb if you did? If you have, then welcome to the human race.
At those times we may have involved others because we may have experienced a certain level of brokenness. And when in that situation, most feel a high degree of helplessness as well. Subsequently, involving others, no matter what emotions of ours we draw them into, seems to easy our pain – if only temporarily.
Yet, we Christians expect to undergo the pain of brokenness from time to time. And we do this because we understand that God may be drawing us closer to Him through the experience.
To those that haven’t quite grasped that God oversees literally everything that happens to us – good or bad – and wants to turn a hopeless situation around, can feel crushed by the experience. But they only see it with their limited wisdom, purely based on their own life experiences.
Mature Christians on the other hand, understand that God can use the brokenness that can come through catastrophe, sorrow, or sin, to grow and strengthen us. It’s only because in so many cases we feel we have no other option but to go to Him for help.
Very few of us that have cried out to God, no matter how painful the situation may have been, have come through somewhat strengthened and resolute that a similar fate won’t happen in future. Time will also show that we have grown as individuals because of the experience.
Those that call on God in times of trouble on a regular basis, will tell of the inner strength they experience from facing their challenge and offering it to God to resolve. Even though they have seemed crushed by the circumstances at the time.
Now think for a minute. Quite some time ago, your pain and brokenness probably brought you to cry out to God in the first place. Ironically, every subsequent pain and brokenness has also caused you cry out to God. And, with all of us, there are those times we’ve paid out on Him in our inability to understand “why”.
But have you also noticed, that God keeps bringing back many of the situations we keep running from. To some, it’s almost like a video play on regular rewind. If that’s your life, maybe it’s time you asked God what He’s wanting to teach you? What do you have to lose? He’ll either talk to you, work a miracle in your life, or send someone to help you through.
Just think of this as an example. The alcoholic who clings to the bottle while crying for mercy receives neither grace nor mercy from anyone – except God. But if he decides to quit the bottle, he’ll quickly receive compassion and mercy from all of us. The minute he displays his bankruptcy to God, he’ll experience divine mercy and grace flooding his life.
When we seek the Father’s face, we no longer have to grovel in past failures or weaknesses. Instead we go from glory to glory, not from offence to offence.
So learn to call on God. If you can seek Him in your darkness, your pain can lift you into His presence. Problems and difficulties come along naturally in life, but have you learned how press into God for His solution?
But it all comes down to this. Are you willing to surrender your painful situations and attract God’s presence through willing surrender? If not, why not?
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This Article is by Peter Collins – In a sales career spanning more than 53 years, Peter Collins has focused on helping and bringing out the best in others – whether it involves training or mentoring salespeople, managers, business consulting to SME’s. Since the 1970’s Peter has built a reputation as a Nationally and Internationally Published author, and has 68 business books to his credit, but he is mainly known for one book based on the Audio Tape series of the same name, Over 50 Ways of Closing the Sale. Peter had his first book published in 1969 and now has over 133 books in all, including Business, Marketing, Sales, Free Publicity, Body Language, Music and over 30 Christian books to date. Peters books have sold over 2.5 Million copies over 48 years. In his personal life, Peter has been sought after as an encourager and motivator that has given of his time and talents freely despite his busy schedule. Subsequently, he has assisted churches, pastors, community and charity groups, as well as individuals through his teaching, training, development and on-going mentoring.
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