Response to what to do in a crisis.

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, January 22, 2016

"We gave way to it and were driven along."    Acts 27: 15 NIV

"They threw the ship's tackle overboard."       Acts 27: 19 NIV

"We finally gave up all hope."    Acts 27: 20 NIV

The meditation reveals that three things happen when you are in a crisis.

1. You drift

2. You discard what's important

3. You despair

It is interesting to look at these steps that one may go through in a crisis. The question is what do you do to counteract these natural emotional responses?

It is not enough to say: don't drift, don't discard, or don't despair, because being in a crisis is very real and upsetting.

Maybe if one is able to address being upset, them maybe you can handle the reality of a crisis.

How do you avoid being upset in the midst of a crisis?

I got to run. I will answer that question in my next blog.

Had an amazing day getting ready for the blizzard, so I had to take care of a few things because I know I very well may be snowed in for a few days.

The question on the table is how do you avoid being upset in the midst of a crisis?

The only antidote for this problem is hope. Not a unrealistic hope, let those persons who bought lottery tickets hoping to win $1.6 Billion. I'm talking about the type of hope we use to sing about, "my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but holy lean on Jesus' name. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand."

I ask that you read 2 Corinthians Chapter 1.  At verse 7 Paul says these words, "And out hope of you is steadfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation."

The power of hope is that it is anchored in the reality of God's power to save and secure. Hope is what will keep you from drifting. Hope is what will keep you from discarding. Hope is what saves you from despair.

The proper response to any crisis is to place your hope eternally in God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit!

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