Paul’s letter written to the Philippians identifies five things that hard times will produce if we focus on the gain and not the pain. Paul said, “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.”
Hard times cause us to know Christ better!
Have you ever noticed when things are tough, Jesus seems closer. When things are going well, we don’t seek God as intently. We don’t’ feel as great of a need to search Him out in His Word or in prayer. There’s a pattern here. It’s not that we don’t love Him! It’s that we don’t feel a great need for Him. When things are good, our prayers can lose their passion. Our focus is usually on ourselves. Our mind is inward. When hard times come, we run to God.
When my family came to Christ, polio was sweeping the nation. Two of my uncles found a Pentecostal preacher that believed in healing. My Uncle Marty felt something dark leave his body when this preacher prayed for him. I am a direct result of that family crisis.
More than 500 people came to this church the Sunday following 9/11. God uses hard times to help us come to know Him better.
Have you or your family come to God in crisis? What’s your story? Please share in the comments below.
 Philippians 3:8-9 NIV