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Crisis is Not All Bad
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Crisis is not all bad! You’ve got to be kidding, I thought as someone shared this thought with me. I had always avoided crisis at any cost. I ran from conflict and tried to ignore problems as best I could. How could I now learn to embrace crisis as if it were a good friend?

There was more to the statement…“Crisis is not all bad, it leads to change.”

That makes more sense. Change is often a welcome guest when the pain in a life-situation has become too great to handle. Change becomes an escape from the original crisis.

So, rather than consider a “crisis” as the end of the world, we need to realize that a “crisis” may spring us loose to make the change that is necessary to bring peace and calm back into life

Deliverance Through Trial

James put it this way: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:2-6).

A couple is struggling with their marriage. The pain increases. A crisis is brewing. The crisis leads them to get help with a counselor. The counselor helps the couple take a close look at how they are relating. They make some necessary changes and their marriage is happier than ever. Crisis to change.

A teen gets trapped in a drug addiction. The addiction steals his life. He fails in school. He loses his job. He isolates from his family. He gets in trouble with the law. A court tells him that he must get help or go to jail.  Crisis. But, the crisis enables him to get the help he needs. He makes some changes and gets his life back, a better life. Crisis to change.

I may not be at the point in my life to consider trials “joyous,” but I can see that through trials in life I learn lessons that I can’t learn any other way. Those lessons grow me and mature me. They “change” me and that’s good. I don’t need to run from a crisis, I need to embrace the crisis and realize that a necessary change is coming. 

The bottom line is that my Lord is behind all the crisis and all the change in my life. He has taken it upon Himself to make sure I succeed in life. Paul says: “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

I don’t need to be afraid of crisis anymore. It’s not all bad. It leads to change…God changes!

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