Eric Speir

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The Right Response To Trouble

Trouble in our lives is inevitable. We can try to avoid it, but eventually it will catch up with us. It’s the school yard bully we try to run away from but still manages to catch us.

Photo by Leslie Jenkins

Photo by Leslie Jenkins

It’s not that we have a lack of faith, it’s just we’re being honest. Jesus himself said, “In this world you will have trouble.” (John 16:33)

How we respond to a crisis will determine how God can help us. [Tweet That!]

A good example of this is found in the Bible in 2 Chronicles 28:22,

“In his time of trouble King Ahaz became even more unfaithful to the Lord.”

It’s sad, but during trouble in his life King Ahaz ran from God, rather than to God. He turned from the very one who could have helped him during his time of need.

In a moment of a crisis he turned to false gods and idols. This ultimately led to his downfall.

I know what you’re thinking. You don’t have idols that you turn to in your life. I don’t know of anyone who has a fake idol or shrine set up in their living room. However, we tend to be more sophisticated about our idols. Our idols might be the opinions of others. Our idol might be our credit card or other family members.

An idol is anything that takes the place of God in your life. We may not have idols like they did, but we have our own idols nonetheless.

King Ahaz turned his back on God and it cost him dearly. When you turn your back on God during a crisis you are tying God’s hands in your life.

This past weekend our church had a fire that burned up our school kitchen and caused substantial damage to the cafeteria and other nearby rooms. It could have been much worse, but the Lord was watching over us. The fire marshal suggested it was a “freak” accident. We tend not to believe in these types of situations.

In any case, instead of taking it lying down my pastor decided to use this as an opportunity to give thanks to the Lord and to punch the enemy in the mouth financially. My pastor asked everyone to give a special thanksgiving offering. It would require a sacrifice on many people’s parts. The great thing is that the Lord always honors the sacrifices of his people. We know the Lord is going to turn this situation around for our good.

During a financial crisis our church chose to give, rather than hoard. This was the right response to a crisis. It often means you do the opposite of what conventional thinking says.

Jesus seems to honor this type of faith. In fact, he lived his by this principle.

Question: How do you respond to a crisis in your life?

About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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4 Replies

  1. When there is a crisis I look for an opportunity to lean into God. To praise Him, letting my feelings eventually catch up with me. I do this because God is worthy of praise no matter what. He never becomes more or less praiseworthy.

    Please don’t think because I choose to do this that I am in any way saying it is easy. It’s excruciating at times. Maybe that’s why it’s the sacrifice of praise.

    Praising God when things are going well is praising him for what he does. Praising God in crisis is praising Him for who He is.

    1. Eric

      You’re right Anne. It’s best not to lean on our own understanding, but to God’s. You made a good point about our feelings. If we aren’t careful we’ll be lead by own feeling and not the voice of God. Our feelings can definitely mislead us. I also think worship is a great way to get perspective in our lives. It forces us to focus on God, rather than on our circumstances.

  2. Praise the Lord!! A very important point you’ve raised Eric. Our responses mean everything in the kingdom of God. The difference between life and death, blessings and curses, the will of God or the will of man.

    As God’s children our responses always have to be led by the Spirit of God. This however is easier said then done! 🙂 My response during times of crisis is always one of “Praise”. Something shifts in the spirit when we can look at our circumstances, no matter how hopeless they may seem, and glorify God through it all.

    Heaven comes alive [as if it isn’t always] and gets moving on your behalf when you become stubborn about it all and can look up and say through the blazing furnace what Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did in Daniel 3:

    “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.

    What does it take to make such a bold response in our times of crisis?
    We simply need to yield to the Spirit of God.

    Gloraayyyy!!!

    Thanks for sharing again Eric! GB.

    1. Eric

      Thanks Qarau! I see you resonated with this post. Our response to God’s moving in our lives determines how God can use us.

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