Pivotal Circumstances

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Life is full of surprises - some good, some not so good. But each unexpected event that comes our way is actually a divine opportunity.

This week at Next Level Church, as we wrap up our series, Five Things God Uses To Grow Our Faith, we’ll discover the role that pivotal circumstances play in the development of our confidence in God.

In The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis writes: "God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."

Why is it so easy to factor God out of our lives when things are good, and so difficult to factor him out when things aren’t? Why does God almost always become part of the conversation when bad things happen?

If you are in the middle of a pivotal circumstance, if you are in the middle of one of those, Oh my gosh, I’m so disappointed with God times in life — if that’s where you are, please add this to your prayers...
God, I need to see you in this.
God, I’m not asking you to change everything.  
But if I can see you in this, then there is hope.  
If I can see you in this, then I know there’s an end.  
I’ve got to see you in this, because at the end of the day I want to emerge with bigger faith, not less faith.
There’s only one thing worse than disappointment with God—that’s disappointment without God.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:2-4


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