Most of the time, I hate crises! A crisis is usually crushing, and physically—if not emotionally—exhausting! But the Scriptures are clear that, while I may desire to run from a crisis like a six-year-old runs from broccoli, as a servant of Christ crises in my life and ministry often cannot be avoided. The good news is that they can actually be spiritually, emotionally and even physically good for me.
In the oldest book of the Bible, Job, notes that man is born to trouble and given to adversity, pointing out that trouble is as common and dependable as sparks flying upward from a campfire (Job 5:7). Ephesians 1:11 explains that God has planned out the details of our lives and that He uses those details consistently with His providential plan in making us more like His Son. Included in His plan is … crisis!
An implication here is that, as hard as you and I might try to avoid it, these times of personal chaos and threat are simply unavoidable! So if we can’t avoid it (and surely we can’t!) it is important to consider how God would have us face it.
Especially for ministry leaders, dealing with crisis is par for the course. Often it feels like we get “the worst of times,” while our friends or neighbors get to enjoy “the best of times!” It’s important for us as ministry leaders to understand that one of the reasons we are in leadership is to help others as they go through crises. That simply cannot happen unless we know what it is to face crisis and experience God’s grace by personally coming out of the lion’s den with faith and sanity intact! Read more about Crisis: A Biblical and Practical Response, Part 1