Have you ever experienced a faith crisis? Are you facing one now? It is very difficult when you or someone close to you has doubts about God. There are questions like “Who is God? Where is He? Why is God allowing all these painful situations to happen? Why is Jesus not there for me?”
The fourth video of the 6-part DIVINE LENTEN 2017 WEEKLY VIDEO REFLECTION SERIES at the top of this post is "OVERCOMING OUR FAITH CRISIS - OUR FAITH HAS TO BE TESTED" by Rev. Fr. Joseph Edattu V.C., Associate Director - Divine Retreat Centre, Ramsgate, Kent, UK.
In this heart-provoking sharing, Fr. Joseph Edattu V.C., challenges each of us to look into our hearts and mind – “It is good to reflect on one aspect of our life – faith crisis. Especially in this modern world, people are facing a lot of faith crisis. Their faith is tested.”
“Our faith has to be tested - otherwise it will not be proved! In the moments of crisis, if you leave your faith or if you question: ‘Why God? Why did you allow this?’ That means your faith is being tested and you are proving yourself that your faith is not strong.”
“When John the Baptist was in prison, he slowly began to have a faith crisis. He started to think like this: “I worked hard for Jesus. I prepared the way for Jesus. I preached about Jesus. I baptized Jesus! Now I am in a crisis - I am in prison. But where is Jesus? Why is He not coming to me? Why is he not helping me? Why is He not consoling me?’ The crisis John the Baptist faced in his life is just like the common faith crisis everyone goes through at least once in their lives. Why is God so active in other people’s lives but so silent in my life?”
“There are 2 ways to get out of your faith crisis. Firstly, think of the past in your life when God intervened - the mighty interventions of God in your life where God protected you. You have witnessed it and experienced it in your own life. Secondly, listen to the Word of God. Read the Word of God – Romans 10:17."
“If you have faith, your faith should be tested. Only then will you be able to prove your faith.”
“God will never give you any test beyond your capabilities.”
“After every crisis in your life, there will be a mighty blessing for you. You have to prove your faith.”
Next Sunday, Rev. Fr. Jacob Arimpur V.C., Assistant Director of Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor, Kerala, India will be sharing the Word of God on "THERE IS LIFE AFTER DEATH”.
Please do share this Divine Lenten 2017 Weekly Video Reflection series with your loved ones, prayer groups and friends to make this sacred season of Lent a truly transforming experience in our Christian life.