Learning from this crisis

'Do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you.' 1 Peter 4:12 NKJV

Listen to how Paul described his Christian walk: 'In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. We faithfully preach the truth. God's power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defence. We serve God whether people honour us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us imposters. We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed. Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything' (2 Corinthians 6:4-10 NLT).

As a follower of Christ you are not promised a trouble-free life, but God does promise never to leave you, to take you through your storms and use all your situations for good. When your faith is being stretched and you're hanging on, you actually attract God's power and bring his grace to your situation.

So what now? With God, you are never losing; you are always learning!

Soulfood: Num 4:34-6:27 Mt 10:32-42 Ps 104:24-35 Pro 3:11-12,

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