Daily Word for Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Life is filled with ebbs and flows, crooks and turns of all types. No one gets through life without varied experiences, great challenges and some crises.
Crises are those events that can take place in our lives and can be life-altering. The 9/11 terrorists attack was a time when the entire country was in crisis and our lives were all permanently changed from that moment forward.
It’s important to note that crises can be used to change your life for the better. While crises are unpleasant seasons in life, it is possible, with God’s help, to come out in better shape than when you went in.
Some people choose to get bitter rather than better as a result of crises. What is needed in a crisis is a strategy to not just get through it but to come out better, stronger and wiser.
A strategy for successfully navigating a crisis might include the following:
1. Know you are not alone; God is for you and is with you.
Isaiah 43:2 – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.
• Focus on who is with you!
2. Know that God has a plan for your life beyond your current context.
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
• Focus on the word “future.”
3. Know that you have to face it to fix it.
II Timothy 1:7 – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
• Use your energy for healing not hiding.
• Focus on healing.
4. Know that your situation is changing daily.
II Corinthians 4:18 – While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
• Find a way to move forward daily.
• Focus on the new.
Isaiah 43:19 – Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
My friend, God is not going to waste any experience in your life but will use them all for your good [Romans 8:28]. Therein lies the silver lining in your challenge. God knows how to turn your ashes into beauty.
Take a moment to meditate on these four things you need to know to successfully navigate your crisis. Allow God to take you to the One you need most right now.
Thank God that you are getting better not bitter.