On Friday morning after waking up, I experienced excruciating pain on my lower back on the left side. The pain persisted.
Yesterday evening I bent down to pick up something and I could barely stand up again, let alone walk.
My son responded to my crisis with these words, “Dad, that’s what you get for not exercising.”
I smiled through the pain in agreement.
My son was right!
I have not maintained an habit of exercise like I used to or like I should be doing.
My mind went to Paul’s response to his crisis in 2 Corinthians 1:9, “Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”
My back pain motivated me to get started on a an exercise routine immediately.
I learned that good leaders seize crisis to remake organizational habits.
More than this, Christians must seize crisis to remake spiritual habits and to refocus strenously upon God. Crisis are invaluable opportunities for positive change and recalibration in God’s direction.
Paul recognized this.
You are going through a crisis today. Perhaps it’s a crisis that came about through circumstances beyond your control. On the other hand your crisis could have have been brought about by your own sin.
No matter how the crisis came about, it is an occasion for you to trust in Christ.
It is there for you to consider changing your habits.
It is there to thrust you back to Christ.
It is there for you to learn from these experiences.
It is there to gain insight into yourself and for God to sift you.
It is there to show you your limitations and Gods unlimited power.
It is there to show you your lack resources and how you can find all you need in Christ.
There is power in crisis. Its power is to loint you back to your saviour – Jesus Christ. Turn your eyes to Jesus now, and everything you’re experiencing will grow strangely dim.
Selvan Govender | Rev. Pastor
MA (in progress. Biblical Studies with a concentration in Education, Clarks Summit University – USA)
Associate Pastor – Caneside Fellowship Centre