Crisis is inevitable. Either it’s a global crisis (just like the crashed MH017 plane on Ukrainian border) or a personal crisis (financially, emotionally, psychologically), we all will face crisis in our life.
What does the Bible say about dealing with crisis?
On NIV Bible, the only reference to the word ‘crisis’ is written in 1 Corinthians 7:26,
"Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.”
From the verse above and the complete passage of 1 Corinthians 7:24-28, these are:
1. Crisis comes.
We live in a broken world. We are broken people. So, in life, crisis are expected. It happened. Thus, when we are facing one, learn from it. If we need to change, then change. If we need to repent, then repent.
And just because accident happened, it doesn’t mean that people are bad. It does not define that we are worse or better than anyone else. Instead of pointing out what they’re lacking, try to point on yourself - on what can we, again, learn from it. (Take a look to Luke 13:1-5).
Lastly, yes, bad thing happened, problems come, but never put our focus on the problems in front of our face. God said that,
"… you can have peace in Me. In this world you will have trouble, but be brave! I have defeated the world."
Get focused on the peace He is promising us.
2. Crisis varies.
People experiences different crisis. Thought it seems similar to what we have overcome, it is never the same. So never say that we know what they are feeling nor we understand them, for we can not know nor understand exactly what others are going through. But since we have overcome them, we know that God was there for us and we know He is there for them, share the comfort.
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
(2 Cor 1:3-4, NIV)
3. Crisis goes.
What comes around, goes around. Just as the other things in this world, crisis does too.
When the crisis is in front of us, when we are in the middle of it, we felt like we are finished, we see no hope, it felt like it is the worst day of our life. Maybe it is. But tomorrow is another day!
Keep your eyes focused on God, and see the crisis goes away (Isaiah 37:3).
Then how do we avoid, or deal, with crisis?
Based on 1 Corinthians 10:11-13, here are some things we can keep in mind:
1. Look out.
As it is said in verse 11, look out, there is danger out there (MSG). We all need to be sensitive on what is going around us. Any thing, even the smallest thing, can be a potential of a crisis we’re about to face.
But, also remember that God has perceived whatever is going to happen to us. He is also on the lookout of our life.
2. Look around.
Verse 12 said that temptations that come to us are not at all common to man. We don’t know what is ahead and what kind of crisis we might encounter, but look around, help can come from anywhere.
Don’t be like the disciples that were too focused on the storm and forget that Jesus was there with them all the time. Look around.
3. Look up.
God is faithful. It is written that He won’t let us bear more than we can (verse 13). Look up, keep your eyes focused on God and see His promise made true in your life.
4. Look forward.
Not just God is faithful, He is also merciful. Not just He won’t let us bear more than we can, He said He will give us strength to endure the temptations and provide us a way out (verse 13).
Again, crisis ends. So look forward that whatever we’re facing, it will come to an end. And look forward to God’s words that He will provide a way out.
God can deliver us from crisis in so many ways: sometimes He will avoid us from facing it, sometimes He will take us out of it, sometimes He will get us through it, and sometimes He may do nothing and let us live with it.
We won’t know which way He will use, but take the opportunity to learn more from it. Don’t ask God to snap it out from our life, but instead ask God to equip us to go through it and make our life a living testimony of His glory.
In the end, how do we react toward crisis also matters.
Crisis reveals ourselves. How we do what we do and why we do what we do when under pressure will show the true colours we have. In Chinese character, the word crisis (危机, wéijī) consists of two characters: one defines danger and the other defines opportunity.
For example: the calmness we had when we face a crisis might seem as a good thing, but in the other hand, it could backfire us, because we might think we can do anything.
The right attitude we should have when in crisis:
1. Don’t panic. Use our common sense.
2. Don’t get too focused on ourselves but let’s get started in thinking about others. Before we choose what to do about it, think how our actions impact others. Sometimes it’s not just about us getting out of the crisis, but how we manage the circumstance(s) around us so we can get out of it.
3. Stop thinking about the big things we should do, there’s no time for it. But instead, start doing some practical things that will make a difference.
4. Choose the best thing you can do. We all have our skills, we all are different. What works to others might not work with us. Just do what we can do best and let God do the rest.
as preached by Robert Fergusson on July 20, 2014
Gospel on the Train
Just after the Hillsong Conference 2014 No Other Name finished, at the train on the way from Olympic Park Station to Lidcombe, there’s these guys singing Hillsong United’s The Stand song. Almost all the passengers sang along. You just can’t let the #spirit die. :)
#gospel #hillsongconf #noothername #hillsong #united #hillsongunited #thestand #sing #singalong #gospelonthetrain #onfire 🔥🔥🔥 (at Olympic Park Station)
Happy 15th anniversary, dearest @jpcc.
Thank you for being an awesome #secondhome for us, for all the chances for us to grow, for the privilege for us to serve and for all the training and learning and equipping and grooming that has shaped us into a brand new person with a brand new heart that is always thirst of the truth of The Word of God.
We love you!!!
#jpcc #anniversary #ilovejpcc #ilovemychurch
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#live #shoutout from #hillsongconf #noothername #2014 in #allphonesarena #sydney #olympic #park
#allphones #nsw #australia #church
–with @santi_arwan @demoiselletrish @sarakie (at Allphones Arena)