2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 (NIV)
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 have received from God.
It’s a regular day. You get out of bed when the alarm goes off, shower, get dressed and maybe have some breakfast. Then something very frightening happens~~ according to a popular TV commercial about car insurance “mayhem” strikes or better put, a crisis hits.
Crisis comes in all forms. It could be a pink slip at work, a phone call from a frantic child, an e-mail from a friend about the breakdown of her marriage, a knock at the door by a police officer informing you a dear one was in a tragic accident, your doctor contacting you about your recent tests results (and it’s not good news) or a neighbor telling you her mother passed away. I could go on and on. Crisis comes everyday, some minor–some major, but as long as we are alive be assured it will come, to everyone. No one is exempt! Crisis can be overwhelming, so what do we do with it? Those who do not know our Lord Jesus as Savior will get drunk, have a nervous breakdown, curse God, use the “if only” phrase in speaking, want someone to fix it “right now” or just do nothing
We as Christians really have only one “true” choice. Give it to God.
I know, I know–give it to God; yeah right! Many will say it’s easier said than done . I understand people use that statement often, however I am not sure many believers truly understand from the Scripture what it honestly means. Here are some very sound Biblical truths in times regarding how to handle crisis.
In 2 Kings 19:14-15 we read about an overwhelming crisis that struck King Hezekiah and how he handled it.
“And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.”
First of all, this wasn’t a nice letter, exactly the opposite. This letter informed King Hezekiah that an army of 135,000 were amassed against him to destroy him. It truly was a hopeless situation, but did Hezekiah panic, no, instead he went to the Lord God with it.
Verses 15 tells us what he did when he went to God with it. “Then Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said: “O Lord God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.”
We read later that in response that God sent an angel to wipe out the entire army 135,000!!!
So what can we do? Exactly as Hezekiah did, after all, He is same God today! Go to God first, not last! When you do that you honor Him as “Lord” of the situation and He will respond to you.
God’s promise is: “He shall call upon me, and I will answer: I will be with him trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him” (Psalm 91:15)