What are 4 imperatives for you to do in the middle of a life crisis? What ones would you suggest?
Bend the Knee
I know this might sound like a no-brainer but when we bend the knee and pray for help, we are showing God that we cannot go through this by ourselves and in our own strength. When we pray we humble ourselves before God. I believe it is strength of character to show we are weak. Paul understood this and wrote “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me…For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor 12:9-10b).
Ask for Help
This too is a humbling thing to do and yet some refuse to do it. I have a few people that I counsel from time to time and I ask them to request the prayers of their friends, fellow church members and their pastor and they say that they are embarrassed to do so. What a lost resource that is only because someone might be embarrassed or too full of pride to ask others for help in praying for them. If it’s a very private issue, then ask for prayers for “unspoken needs.” Paul asked the Thessalonians to “pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith” (2 Thess 3:1-2).
I heard a man complaining loudly that his bills are mounting up, he can’t find a job and he is about to go into panic mode. A missionary who came back from Africa mentioned that if you have food in your frig and enough to eat for more than one day, you have a roof over your head, and you have heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer, then you are in the upper 90perscentile of the world as far as having wealth. Sometimes being in the middle of a crisis, we can’t actually see all of the blessings that we do have. If we look at our eternal destiny, we can, with Paul, declare that “the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Rom 8:18).
Good out of Evil
This may not help you get out of the crisis but you must understand that nothing passes through Christ’s nail-pierced hands without His allowing it and God can use evil for good. Romans 8:28 tells us that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28). This verse won’t take the crisis away but it will remind us that God allows things in our life, both good and bad, and that all of them will eventually work together for our good. God promises that.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman[ssba]
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