What Is A Crisis?

When you think of crisis, you probably go to something negative like a car accident or a divorce.  There is no doubt that these are crisis events.  But did you know that something, like buying a new house, welcoming a new child into a family or even moving, is a crisis?

Genesis 12: 1 - 3 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Abraham is about to go into a crisis.  God tells him to move to a place to be announced later.  

How would you react to this command?  Pack everything you own in a U-Haul and drive in a particular direction and keep driving until I tell you to stop.  

Would you pack the truck?
Would you drive 100 miles and quit? 
Would you drive 500 miles and quit?
Would you drive 1,100 miles and quit? 

That's how far Abraham moved.  1,100 miles.  I could drive 1,100 miles in 4 or 5 days.  But it would have taken months for Abraham to move that far.  Every night as when to bed his might have asked himself, "Will tomorrow be the day?"  

There is no doubt that this tested Abrahams faith and patience.  It was a crisis. 
His marriage was probably under some stress.  It was a crisis. 
His servants were wondering what in the world he was doing.  It was a crisis. 

All crisis is not severe, but all crisis will put pressure on you and those you love.  How do you handle a crisis? 

Believe that God is your provider.  He will meet your need. 
Trust Him, He knows what He is doing.  We don't need to know what God is going to do, we need to know that He is doing something. 
Be patient.  It's in God's timing, not yours. 
Pain is productive.  It forces your faith or your fears to the surface.  Choose wisely. 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, lead me through my crisis and life-changing events.  AMEN