2017-09-16 - Crisis Management
Originally Published 2014-07-19
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need." Romans 12:12-13
Our world is facing one major international crisis after another. Lives and homes are being lost in hurricanes, terroristic acts, illness outbreaks and more. Thousands of people are homeless. Millions are persecuted for their beliefs. More Christians are persecuted for their beliefs than at any time in history. International organizations debate over how to respond - resulting in little action. What are we as Christians to do?
Paul tells us, in Romans, what we should do. First, we are to have hope. Paul said, "And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hears by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." (Romans 5:5) Our hope is based in our faith in God.
Second, we should be patient in affliction. Jesus said, "I have told you these things, so that in me, you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) Life is full of pain and disappointment. The good news is that Jesus has conquered it all.
Third, we are to be faithful in prayer. We are to be constantly in prayer, especially during the hardest times. Jesus taught, in Luke 18:1, that his disciples are to "always pray and not give up." Sometimes our best action, in a crumbling world, is to pray for others and for ourselves.
Finally, we are to help those in need. We should use our resources, talents and gifts to help those in their times of crisis.
How do we respond to a crisis? In these two short verses, Paul gives us good advice on crisis management.
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references from NIV (New International Version) unless otherwise noted