How to Respond in Times of Crisis

John 16:33 ESV
[33] I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
We all face crises at times of our lives. Jesus didn’t promise an easy life or a life free of suffering, but he did promise his presence, his strength and his protection.
IT IS NOT TRUE THAT BEING GOOD WILL MEAN LIFE WILL BE TROUBLE-FREE.
Joshua 1:8-9 ESV
[8] This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. [9] Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
IF WE ARE IN GOD’S WILL AND THINGS GO WRONG WE KNOW THAT HE WILL COME THROUGH FOR US AND WE NEED TO TRUST HIM.
I believe all suffering is temporary and has different causes. They all require a different response.
  • Caused by sin? Repent. Other person’s sin? Seek justice/ confront.
  • Caused by stupidity? Repent and make amends.
  • Caused by persecution? Pray for enemies. Rejoice.
  • Caused by the devil? Rebuke the devil and take authority.
  • Unknown cause? Dig in deep and persevere.
IF GOD ALLOWS SUFFERING, IT IS A TEST.
1 Peter 4:12-14 ESV
[12] Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. [13] But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. [14] If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

How to respond in a crisis

  1. Know that God is always good and God is in charge.
  2. Know that God is faithful to lead us and protect us.
  3. Remember God’s deliverance. Check you are in God’s will.
  4. Have faith, not fear. Quit negativity. Find contentment and gratitude.
  5. Be active, not passive. Pray and trust. Keep worshiping!
  6. Get around positive people.
  7. Understand the root of the crisis and understand what you can do about it.
  8. Declare God’s goodness and prophesy blessing.
  9. Be a light in the darkness of hope, peace and trust.
  10. Share the Gospel.
  11. Reach out to others (don’t fall into the trap of self-pity)
  12. Give up your rights.
  13. Live for the next world, not this one. Our long-term salvation is more important and the suffering in this world cannot compare to the glory of the next.
Thai restaurant in Kabul
Paul going to Jerusalem.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ESV
[16] So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. [17] For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, [18] as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.