Crisis & Trial
I just want to begin by praising God that my dad's heart surgery was successful. He is home and improving more each day. Thank you all for your prayers. This idea of being in crisis or in the wilderness is not new to any of us. Each of us have experienced a spiritual wilderness at some point in our lives. Jesus, our example did too shortly before his death:
"38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:38-39
Notice how he lamented to God, not withholding or burying his emotions but clearly communicating how he felt to both his disciples and to His Father. Along with this, He made sure to end His prayer with truth: "Not as I will, but as you will."
We see this also in the life of David. In Psalm 51, right after sinning with Bathsheba, David's lament is overflowing with truth about God's grace, loving-kindness, faithfulness, justice, sovereignty, and so much more.
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. (v. 15)
Life often just stinks, either from earthy consequences from our actions, or events completely out of our control. No matter the trial, we must start by putting our hope and trust in the Truth. The Truth about the gracious and faithful character of God, the Truth about the example and freeing sacrifice of Jesus, and the Truth about the promised power of the Holy Spirit who is continually with us.
Lord of all, in the midst of my crisis, open my lips that I may praise you and let these broken bones rejoice. Above all, let your good, pleasing, and perfect will be done.