It seems we have all had to deal with crisis, one way or another this year. I’m pretty sure that 2020 was not the year anyone expected it to be. All plans, get-togethers have been cancelled. Our health and our jobs are at risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
No one was really prepared; nobody ever thought this could happen. Some have felt overwhelmed and have abandoned their faith, while others are thankful to spend more time with their families.
We really don’t know what to say about tomorrow and what it will bring, but what we can say is that this is a time when we should be abiding in Christ more than ever before and trusting His Word to see us through any crisis we find ourselves in. These are the two key things that strengthen us in times of trial.
1. Know Jesus Christ and abide in Him despite the crisis
Jesus is our Saviour, redeemer, counselor, friend, and above all our peace. Whenever trouble or crisis comes, we can rest assured that Christ is our peace and peace is a person living within us. He is everything we need, He can calm the storm, and even waves obey Him.
“He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
Continue to believe in Jesus, trust Him and abide in Him. He came that we may have life and have it abundantly, a kind of life complete and full of purpose.
Furthermore, Jesus spoke about the importance of staying connected to him in John 15:4. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.”
2. Study God’s Word and meditate on it day and night
God’s Word is a lamp, it is a light guiding every path we take, and it is the tool God has given us to fight against the schemes of the enemy including crisis. His Word is the ultimate weapon, Jesus set the example of battling against Satan with scripture when He was attacked (Matthew 4:1-10). God’s Word makes us wiser; it gives us knowledge and wisdom, and it’s also compared to honey which tastes sweet to the soul for those who love it.”
“Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long.
Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies.
I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on Your statutes.
I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey Your precepts.
I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey Your word.
I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119: 97-105)