By Ron Cook

Ron and his wife Rodetta have been married for 41 years. They have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. Ron ministers to hundreds of pastors annually through mentorship, counseling, and by phone. He has been a Pastor for 40 years and understands the stress of ministry, and wants to share his longevity in ministry with other pastors and help them finish well.

    Crisis (Part 2 of 2)

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    Since most of us are either in a crisis, coming out of a crisis or about to go into one, we need to be prepared to wring out of a crisis everything we can. It is the take-away of a crisis God uses to conform us more to the image of Christ, which in all probability is the very purpose of the crisis.

    Within the confines of every crisis is the opportunity to magnify the Father. Think of Job. There was a period in Job’s life that crisis was his life. He was weak, tired, and at times bitter. He received little help from his friends or even his wife.

    God chose not to give Job any explanation for the trials he was going through. Even though none of this made any sense whatsoever to Job, he anchored himself and help firmly to God. “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.” Job 13:15

    Paul elaborates on Job’s words in II Corinthians 1:9-11: “Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”

    Questions to consider: Is the father being glorified through your crisis? What are those closest to you learning about your faith in God through your crisis? What is the dominant feeling/thought you are experiencing in your crisis, worry or faith? Are you becoming so angry and bitter in your crisis that you are missing the spiritual life lesson God intended?

    When the book is written about your crisis, what will people take from it? What you did or did not do in the crisis, or what God did through you in the crisis? Which will be magnified, God or your crisis?

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