So God’s going to use that crisis situation. So if you’re in a crisis right now, because many people here, you can say, “Well Ed, I am in a difficult circumstance. My wife left me. My husband has deserted me. I have a rebellious child. I have lost everything financially. I’ve lost a loved one. I am in a crisis. I can identify with this”. Did you ever stop and just taken a step back and wondered, “God is using this to speak to me. God is using this to speak to me”.
A couple of years ago, I was a chaplain for the Houston Astros and on Saturday, I would come and give them a message. They had a little church there in their clubhouse. After I would speak to the Astros, I would walk over to the other clubhouse and talk to their opponents, whether it be the New York Mets, the Philadelphia Phillies, whatever. And every time I would have a great crowd in the Bible service, I could always equate it with the team either being in a slump or a lot of injuries had taken place.
You’re talking about packing out Bible Study! You get a Darryl Strawberry in his slump or Dwight Gooden, he’s not pitching properly, they’re going to come to chapel! And I’d say, “Boy, it’s great to see you all here”. “Well, I’m having trouble with my wife. I’ve been in a slump. I haven’t been hitting the ball”. You see, God will use those things, folks. He’ll use those things…those question marks, that personal problem, that depression, that anxiety, to draw you. It’s like the alarm to say “I want to know you. I want to live inside of you”, if you’re outside the family of God. So God uses a crisis situation.