Yesterday my husband lost his job.
When he told me, I got that “I’m going to throw up” feeling in the pit of my stomach.
Perhaps you can relate.
Oh, your crisis may be different. You’re facing a health crisis. A relationship crisis. An addiction crisis.
Whatever your crisis, you know the feeling of overwhelm. Of hopelessness. Of being out of control.
I’m right there with you.
But over the years I’ve learned a few truths to keep me going (and even thriving) when the going gets tough.
Focus on What Is
When crisis hits, it’s easy to begin wandering – no, running – down the path of “what if.” And that path will never take you to a good place.
- What if we run out of money?
- What if we lose our home?
- What if I die?
- What if my disease causes me years of pain?
- What if I can’t handle this?
But forget about that! Train your mind to focus on what is. What is right now.
In the midst of my own crisis, here is what I know. It’s true for me, and it’s true for you.
God Loves You
Let that sink in. God loves you. More than you can imagine.
He loves you more than you love your husband or your children. He loves you so much that he sent his Son to die and pay the penalty for your sin.
That’s some pretty deep love!
And the best part? Nothing can separate you from that love.
Romans 8:35-39 (NIV) is one of my favorite passages. It’s kind of lengthy, but read every verse and let it penetrate your heart.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present, nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Nothing can separate you from God’s love. Not your actions. Not your circumstances.
Nothing. That’s a fact.
God Will Provide for Your Needs
When we are in crisis, we tend to worry about our immediate needs.
How will we pay the bills without an income?
How will I manage to care for a sick relative while managing my own home and my job?
Where will we live if we lose our house?
Those are all big concerns. But God’s got it! His solution may not look exactly like what you think it should look like, but He will provide for your needs.
I lean on Philippians 4:17 (NIV) when I’m worried about my immediate needs.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
We tend to focus on the first part of that verse – “my God will meet all your needs.”
That’s comforting. But don’t miss the second half of the verse. He will meet your needs “according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
The riches of his glory are infinite. There is never a situation in which God cannot provide for your needs. He can. That’s a fact. He will. That’s another fact.
He may not give us everything we want, but those things we need to live out God’s purpose in our lives? He’ll provide for those needs. You can take that to the bank.
God will Use This Situation for His Glory
Your suffering? It’s not fruitless.
God will use this crisis. He will use it for his glory and for your good (believe it or not).
Two verses come to mind.
Romans 8:28 (NIV) is my life verse. I’ve hung onto it during every hardship I’ve ever faced, and there have been a few.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
In all things, even this, God is working for your good if you love him.
You will grow. You will mature. You will gain a deeper understanding of God himself. Let him work.
I also love 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weaknesses.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
This crisis is the perfect opportunity for God to show off his power.
He shows it off in how he cares for you in your moment of crisis.
He shows it in the power of his church, the body of Christ, who comes alongside you in your moment of need.
He shows it in little answers to prayer. And he shows it in the people who are drawn to himself as they watch you lean on God during this difficult time.
God is growing you and using you to display his glory. Even now. Another truth.
This Situation is Not a Surprise to God
When my husband came home yesterday and told me he lost his job, it was a shock to me. I hadn’t seen it coming.
But someone else had. God already knew we would be facing this crisis. And he knew you’d be facing your crisis, too.
The best part? While we may feel like we’re scrambling to make a plan to get us through this crisis, God already has a plan.
Psalm 139 is one of my favorite psalms. Look it up and read the entire passage. But stop and pay special attention to verse 16 (NIV).
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
God knows everything about you. He knows what will happen to you before it happens. Nothing that happens is outside his control. He created you and knows what’s best for you.
He’s not scrambling. He’s fully in control. Fact.
Your Crisis is Temporary
Being in a crisis can make us feel like time is standing still. The crisis seems to go on forever.
But that’s not true.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18(NIV) says:
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
This world is not our home. No matter how bad things get for us on this earth, we have a perfect eternity waiting for us!
The time we are suffering is going to seem so short when we get there! That’s another fact.
In light of these truths, my crisis seems manageable. How about yours?
Moving forward, we’ll be tempted to go back to those nagging “what ifs.”
When that happens, stop. Pray. Focus on the truth of God’s word.
To help you, I’ve made some scriptures cards. Feel free to download them and print them out. Hang them up around your home. Keep copies in your purse.
Do what you need to do to keep your focus on God’s love for you and His control of your situation.
He is trustworthy. We are going to be OK. That’s one last fact.