July 13: God Uses Crisis to Move People – Geographically

READ: Genesis 45:5; Genesis 46:1-4; Acts 8:1

My thoughts on the subject of crisis have evolved a lot since a year ago, when I was first approached by Encompass World Partners about developing a Crisis Response ministry. To be honest, at that time I wasn’t sure crisis ministry was a good match for me. But all that changed when I looked at the role of crisis in the Bible, and I came to a conclusion that left me wildly passionate about serving in crisis.

The crucible of trial awakens"What conclusion did I reach? I saw that God uses crisis to move people, to change people’s hearts, minds and even their geography. The crucible of trial awakens, it shakes us from life’s patterns and routines so that we are listening differently; it readies our mind to see afresh.

But…geography? Really? Yes, even geography. Consider these well-known examples.

ISRAEL INTO EGYPT
When God wanted Israel to go into Egypt where they would grow into a great nation, how did He move them there? He sent a severe famine (crisis) and as food grew scarce, the patriarch Jacob had no choice but to seek provisions in the only land that still had food: Egypt.

His sons were welcomed by the “Egyptian” official, returning home with bulging grain sacks.  Turns out that this generous official in Pharaoh’s court was none other than Joseph, their brother!

Sooo…how did brother Joseph end up in Egypt? It was by his brothers’ wicked betrayal (crisis) years before, when they treacherously sold him to traveling merchants “happening by” on their way to Egypt.

Another geographic migration brought on by crisis was 430 years later, when God used ten horrific plagues (crisis) to bring Israel, now a vast nation, out of Egypt.

MOBILIZING THE EARLY CHURCH
After Pentecost the church was exploding; Jerusalem was Christianity-Central. Believers were living and fellowshipping together and their numbers grew daily as they anxiously awaited Jesus’ return.

But weren’t they forgetting something?  Oh, yeah, the Great Commission. Their town, Jerusalem, was only Phase I! So would God move the church into Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth? Through persecution (crisis) ignited by Stephen’s martyrdom (crisis).

It is clear throughout history that God uses crises – like famine, betrayal, plagues, persecution – to move people into His good and perfect purposes.

THOUGHT TO PONDER: Has God ever used a crisis or hardship to move you geographically?

– barb

What do you think? Please leave a comment.

About barbwooler

I have worked as Encompass World Partners staff since 1985. I served among the Bayaka Pygmy people of the Central African Republic as well as with orphans and widows. I am presently serving as Director of Crisis Response where I get to see God at work through hardship. I love the outdoors and among my favorite hobbies are cycling and bird watching.
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4 Responses to July 13: God Uses Crisis to Move People – Geographically

  1. Carol Newsome says:

    This was just what I needed to hear. I was scammed by a “Christian man” and I see God moving me in a phenomenal directional that I will be able to thank my scammer.

  2. Valerie says:

    Thank you for your posts. Crisis is something Im living through right now and today’s post was a good reminder for me that God has a plan through it all. After living in California, a place I love, after nearly 30 years, my husband and I decided to move back to Indiana to be closer to my aging parents and his family in Ohio. After a horrific move, my husband woke up one morning to tell me he’s been having an affair and couldn’t do our marriage any more. He packed up his things and moved back to California where we had just come from. I’m struggling to understand all of this. It’s been difficult finding work and I’ve had to move in with my family and store all my things. I left a good job, friends, home, a place I love and have now lost the man I thought I’d be with “till death do us part.” As I sort through this crisis I hold on deeply to the sense that had I known before I left California about the affair I would never have left. Knowing that, while I still have questions and struggle to see what God has for me here, I have confidence that God has something here He wants me to do. Through the series of crisis events God allowed those things to bring me where He wanted, to use me in a different chapter in my life. Now, I wait, which is so hard, to see what He has in store for me. I feel your post today was written just for me. Thanks for helping to confirm what I feel God has been telling me. Can’t wait to read the next post!

  3. barbwooler says:

    That’s real faith, Carol. Let’s watch to see what God will do…

  4. barbwooler says:

    I’m so sorry, Valerie, for the incredible pain and trauma you are living these days. God is at work and will comfort and speak to you through His Word and His people. I hope you can find/have found a Christian family to surround and support you. Praying for God’s full restoration of you in body, soul and spirit.

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