Wednesday, January 20, 2010

“God uses crisis to unleash the Church”

In the wake of the earthquakes in Haiti I am reminded of one of David's Psalms. In Psalms 22, we are privy to King David’s deeply intimate thoughts. Reading those haunting verses is like looking over his shoulder while he makes an entry in his personal journal. It’s obvious that David is in much distress and oppression. As far as he is concerned, God is on vacation. “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” he cries.

But when we look again, we see an even deeper realization that God’s mercies are faithful and true. Even though David feels forsaken by God, he expresses his doubts in prayer. This psalm is a prayer to God. Wouldn’t you think that if David really felt God was nowhere to be found he wouldn’t waste his breath complaining? Not so. There is something in David that causes him to believe that God is still within earshot, even if it seems as though He’s gone for good.

The reality is that God views the entire picture and we see through a glass dimly. David understood that, even though his emotions did not. David had been in a tight spot or two before and the Lord has always come though for him. God and David had a relationship that has reaped a harvest of fruit through the years because they had walked together.

Jesus also used these words on the cross. Our Lord demonstrates that in the most difficult of times all believer's have the opportunity to cling to Scriptures. Jesus is reciting a well known passage and drawing closer to His Father while in a great crisis.

The early Christians persevered through some very difficult times as well. Yet, they knew they could not deny the truth they had seen and experienced. As Christ Followers, we will be worshipping a God that allows persecution and oppression to unleash his power through His people. The Lord is our God as He was to David and the early believers. He can handle our honest doubts and fears. Our response is to be faithful to Him and release our prayers and our faith so that He can unleash them into power. It is good to see the church in action in Haiti. My prayer is that we can also swoop into action at home.

“For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.” – Psalm 22:24 NIV


You know I love ya - Don

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