Have you ever had the rug pulled out from under you? Here are five things to do when faced with a crisis.
Dictionary. com has several definitions for “crisis” but we are looking at this one in particular:Sounds the same to me as when the rug is pulled out from under you, does it not?
It wasn’t long ago that I wrote a post on Living Out James 1:2 in which I mention the trouble my husband and I are going through. That trial is not over yet and yesterday we experienced another piece of bad news concerning it.
But first, let me say that my bad news is not any better or worse than someone else’s bad news. This list of five things will apply no matter whether you have received a life-threatening diagnosis, news that you or someone close to you is terminal, you’ve lost your main income source or a host of other types of bad news. Bad news is bad news no matter what the content, would you agree?
My post on How Should We Respond in Trials? identifies the nine responses Christians should have when faced with adversity. If you haven’t seen it, you may want to catch up on that.
Today we are going to look at immediate reactions to have when you receive that email or letter or phone call that is not favourable.
1 ~ Turn to God immediately
Your first response should always be to take the matter to God. He knew you were going to get that news but you still need to verbalize it to Him. It could be that He was probably even preparing you for it but you may not have been aware of His leading. That happens when we are too busy to be quiet in our inner being. Talk to God about it. You need to do this for yourself more than anything. Remember, He is your Rock, your Anchor in times of trouble.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 KJV
2 ~ Turn to the Word
Draw your strength from the Word of God. We were out of town when we received the email and while we were trying to assimilate it, I turned immediately to God and His Word and quoted Proverbs 3:5-6. That was all my mind could think of at the time but yet it was more than enough.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV
As my husband drove, I was talking out loud to God, telling Him that we still trusted Him for the outcome. That He was in control, even of this new situation.
3 ~ Encourage each other
At times of crisis, it is important for couples to draw close to each other. Talk about the situation but don’t let it discourage you. Encourage each other through Scriptures. Remind each other of verses that the Lord has previously given you concerning this. If this is a new crisis to you and you have not received verses from God concerning your situation at this time, ask God to direct you, to give you something from His Word that you can hang on to.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 KJV
As a couple, you want to be strong for each other and sometimes that is difficult. It is our experience that when one of us is feeling stressed due to the weight of the burden, that the other will be the encourager to remain strong in the Lord.
4 ~ Don’t dwell on the problem
Once you’ve given this new difficulty to the Lord (step 1) and after encouraging yourself and each other, don’t dwell on it. The battle is no longer yours but the Lord’s. Let God deal with it. Find other things to get busy. For us, it is continuing on with our day-to-day lives. We know the Lord is fighting our battles so why should we worry about it? Besides, Jesus asked what can we change by worry? Worry is a fruitless exercise and we have other things to do that will produce fruit.
Instead of worry, practice this: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 KJV
You may have to deal with the issue, ie, respond to the email or phone call, but once that is done, don’t let the issue be your focus. Don’t let it steal the joy that abides in you. More so, don’t let the enemy steal your peace. You’re a child of God, and though trials and troubles come our way, let them be used in strengthening your faith.
5 ~ Fellowship with the family of God
Adversity is not a thing to go through alone. Believers are meant to have fellowship with one another and to carry one anothers’ burdens. You do not have to give all the details just enough so they can pray accordingly. As a family, we lift each other up in prayer and stand alongside as we intercede for each other. That’s what family does.
If you have a few brothers and/or sisters who are your prayer warriors, let them know of this new problem so they can continue to pray with the understanding and pray in the spirit for you. This is something you would do for someone else, right? Let them do it for you.
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 KJV
Through everything, continue to pray. While God already has the victory planned out for you, it is still in heaven and needs to be materialized on earth. So until that day happens, when He gives you the victory on earth, continue to pray for His will to be done. And when you receive the victory, do the happy dance as you give glory to God for His timing and His faithfulness.
One more thing to remember:
let trials and troubles be used to strengthen your faith, to draw close to God and to one another and most of all, to give glory to God as that is our prime focus.
God gets the glory and if that means I suffer then so be it. To God be the glory!
As always, I invite your comments. These words have flowed from the Spirit, meant to encourage you. It is my prayer that you sense how much God loves you and that He wants you to let Him handle your crisis. Will you let me know if this has lifted your spirits today?
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