10/16/2017

Stacey Crawford

What do you do when life gets crazy? How do you respond when the unexpected comes your way? Who, what, or where do you turn when the worst-case scenario happens in your life? I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I think we all would hope that our answer would be God. I want to believe when life gives me the unexpected that my faith will stand strong and will stand the test. But what I am learning is that we can’t just hope this is what will happen. We have to put the work and the effort into it, to ensure that when life does throw us a curve ball we never saw coming, which it will, we will immediately know where to turn and Who to go to in our time of crisis.

Any time in my life when a crisis has happened, when I’ve experienced pain or grief, I have immediately run to Jesus. But unless this becomes the rhythm of your life, it won’t be your natural response. I honestly had to teach myself to make this my response. For the longest time in my life I would run to food, hiding, friends, or family. Family and friends are necessary and will be helpful, but Jesus ultimately will be the place where I find healing, hope, peace, and everything I need to sustain me. I had to set the foundation in the good seasons, in the hopeful times, in the blessing. When life is going well it is so easy to forget that those are still moments to build your faith. It is necessary! If I’m not spending time in God’s Word, it won’t be helpful for me in a moment of need. If I’m not spending time with God in prayer and worship, then my connection to Him can be easily broken when confusion and chaos take over. I have to be purposed to set the foundation. I have to be purposed now to know God, know His Word, and be open to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

So many times we think when we go through a crisis that our faith will stand, but if we don’t have anything to stand it upon, we will simply come crumbling down. I have seen this play out in my life so many times. I will read and make note of scriptures that will become words of encouragement and hope in the dry seasons. I will sing along with worship songs and not think anything of it until I am in the middle of a season where I desperately cling to the words and promises in those songs. I can’t tell you how many times I will make note of something that will at some point be the very promise I need. I wouldn’t know what to even look for if I hadn’t taken the time in the easier season to search and discover God’s Word and His promises. What steps are you taking today to ensure your faith will stand the storms that come your way? What are you doing today to build your faith? Yes, the storms of life are the way we put our faith and trust to the test, but I pray that you will be prepared and ready, that your feet will be firmly rooted in Christ. I pray that you do the work now to ensure you will be able to stand the test and trials coming your way!

So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.

Luke 6:46-49