If you live long enough and stay faithful to God's Word enough years; sooner or later you will find yourself in a crisis of faith . This crisis is usually brought on by a series of life-changing events that rock a person's world, many times turning it upside down in the process. A crisis of faith is somewhat akin to enduring a 8.0 earthquake in one's life, or a direct hit by a lightning bolt. Either way, the outcome is dramatic and results in major changes in a person's lifestyle.
When a truly dramatic event jolts one's life, either one's faith will rise up and carry the person through or they will find out their faith is not as strong as they believed and they will crumble. There should be no shame in undergoing a crisis of faith but rather viewing it as an opportunity for spiritual growth. When the walls fall down and the roof collapses, that is when we are forced into rising up in our faith or else we end up buried in the rubble of whatever took place.
I know all about these crisis of faith for I have endured many of them the past 47 years. I have had more buildings fall on me over the years than I can recall. In fact, more times than not, I have spent much of my life rebuilding and repairing instead of building and improving. I believe this is how it is supposed to be. I believe that our enemy is as the big bad wolf that huffs and puffs and blows down the houses made of straw and mud. But, when he comes to the house built on the foundation of Jesus Christ and is made of stone, all his huffing and puffing only lead to him being out of breath.
We all, at times, find ourselves distracted and inadvertently building our lives on the flimsy shifting sands of man's doctrines or our own selfish desires. The shanties we build may look good on the outside but are structurally unsound. They serve us well until we need them and then they fall apart. When everything we build our lives upon crumbles beneath us; we are left in a crisis of faith. When all that we hold near and dear ends up blowing in the wind ; we are left alone and unprotected as we deal with a personal crisis of faith.
God, because He loves us, will at times test what we have made of this life to see if it is of Him. More times than not, just the mere act of God looking at our building causes it to fall apart. Oh how we need to put away those things that produce weak abodes and put on those things which produce strong and stable lifestyles and faithful walks for the Lord.
Overcoming a crisis of faith demands complete honesty and an absolute willingness to find the source of the problem and fix it with God's help. Any attempt to cover up, rationalize or justify error only makes the crisis worse. No matter how deep the crisis, there is always a way out if we trust God and yield to Him instead of depending upon ourselves.
Great to see another awe inspiring blog from you Kirk!
No doubt that it was said to come in the last days, that He shall shake the foundation of all the earth.
And as you said that, the big bad wolf will be free to huff and puff, and only those things that are founded upon the foundation of Christ Jesus will remain, and all the rest will crumble at His breath.
Still praying for you and your family!
Be blessed forever
I love what you said in your last paragraph.
"Overcoming a crisis of faith demands complete honesty and an absolute willingness to find the source of the problem and fix it with God's help. Any attempt to cover up, rationalize or justify error only makes the crisis worse. No matter how deep the crisis, there is always a way out if we trust God and yield to Him instead of depending upon ourselves."