The world is in an interesting season right now. Many in the world are experiencing many emotions — anger, loss, confusion, fear, sadness.
This is not how God intended life to be. However, Adam and Eve ate the fruit off the tree God had told them not to eat. This invented sin. And because of sin, we are going to naturally have hardened hearts that turn away from God. People are going to hurt people, and as humans we are going to feel hurt for the people involved.
So how do we as Christians respond to the destruction around us during crisis?
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
Pray More – As Christians, we are called to seek God through prayer. There is something beautiful about prayer.
In 2 Chronicles 20 we learn about a man who prayed and fast:
“Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to help seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.” (v. 3-4)
During this verse Jehoshaphat had just received the news that he was going against one of the strongest armies. He was nervous and scared, however he and the people of Judah came to pray and fast.
We miss the power of God when we don’t pray. When we are in the midst of crisis, we are called to pray.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Get into the Word – The Word is the truth and that is the only place you will find comfort during the times of crisis.
Again, in 2 Chronicles 20 we find Jehoshaphat remembering the word.
“Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in Heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hands, and no one can withstand you.” (v. 6)
Even during one of the most terrifying times of Jehoshaphat’s life, he recalls the Word of God. He remembers that God is sovereign and good, and that is where he finds comfort.
This is the same way for us. When we are covered in truth, which is God’s Word, we find comfort in the crisis where we could not find comfort anywhere else.
But since you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindle in you – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:7
Giving – Giving does not have to be the act of giving money. In the Bible we have seen the simple act of giving someone the time, effort, and actually listening to people who are hurting. Whether you feel like you are losing money or losing time that you could be spending or doing something else, you are actually gaining. You don’t lose when you give, you gain.
In Luke 10 we learn about the story Jesus tells of the Good Samaritan,
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down for Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, heat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the same, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.” (v. 30-34)
During crisis we have two choices: we can be like the people who saw the man hurting and just walked away or we can be like the Samaritan who stopped, gave time, resources, and met the man’s need.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34
Love Everyone – Every relationship God has placed in your life is a chance to love them as Christ has loved you. As Christians, we are called to love everyone; no matter the stage of life they are in, the sins they have committed, or the grudges we want to hold against them. When we see someone hurting, the least we can do is pour love onto them as Christ does for us each and every day.