According to Henry and Richard Blackaby in Experiencing God, a crisis of belief has four distinct characteristics: an encounter with God requires faith, encounters with God are God-sized, what we do in response to God’s invitation reveals what we believe about God, and true faith requires action. Once you and I experience a crisis of belief, we must then decide if we are willing to make major adjustments in our life to join God’s work.
If you and I agree that we cannot stay where we are and also go with God, we then must agree, in order for us to experience God, we must be willing to make major adjustments in our lives. Those adjustments might be in our families, beliefs, actions, commitments, relationships, professions, circumstances or in our thinking. But until you and I decide to make the required adjustments, orienting our lives to God, we will never be in a position to experience and obey God.
Moses was required to make major adjustments to orient his life with God’s invitation. The Bible says, And the LORD said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking you are dead.” So Moses took his wife and his sons and had them ride on a donkey, and went back to the land of Egypt (Exodus 4:19-20). Moses was comfortable and secure in Midian. His needs and the needs of his family were being met. For 40 years Moses tended to the business of his father-in-law Jethro, until one day God invited Moses to join him in his work. Moses faced a crisis of belief. To join God, Moses had to leave the comforts of his job and his extended family and move to Egypt, the very place he had fled 40 years prior. Moses made the necessary adjustments and God accomplished his extraordinary purposes through his faithful shepherd.
To some of you, God has spoken. He has invited you to join him in his work. However, his work might not be what you anticipated for your life. God’s invitation to join him will require some significant adjustments. Nevertheless, the rewards will be eternal.
You must make major adjustments in your life to join God. Are you willing to make those adjustments? I pray we all are willing.