Leadership Series: Beyond You

Crisis is defined as a time of intense difficulty, trouble or danger. A critical point, a turning point for better or worse; a stage in a sequence of events; a sudden change of events that brings about stress and traumatic changes. The death of a loved one, the loss of a job and/or terminal illness.

In 1986 I lost my brother to a traumatic terminal illness.  The doctor’s report wasn’t favorable and I knew deep within my soul death would come soon.  Another crisis hit a year later.  My husband died, May 1987. I was unprepared for this crisis. The sudden death of my husband left me feeling all alone. My life was completely flipped upside down.  Left alone a single mother and sole provider. I was not prepared.  I had to seek God for strength and guidance. It doesn’t matter if you are saved or unsaved you will face a crisis in your lifetime. What matters is, if you include God while going through your crisis.  

The righteous is not exempt from a crisis. The bible lets us know Job had a horrific crisis. The loss of his children and everything he owned. David was another servant of God’s who had to endure hardship and overcome a crisis with his family.  In David’s crisis, his family was kidnapped and the town he lived in was burned to the ground; so David lost everything. This caused him to become stressful.  David did one thing we all need to do when we face a crisis, he sought God for direction.

Once David sought God and took his eyes off of the crisis, God gave David strength to withstand in his evil day (crisis). God also gave him direction, so he could recover everything that the enemy had stolen from him. In a crisis the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy your faith and joy in the Lord. But we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ, who loves us.                                              

God has given you the tools to overcome your crisis.  You can spend time with God by studying His word.  You can seek God for direction by praying and fasting. When facing a crisis make sure to acknowledge God in all your ways and He will direct your path.

Always remember crisis comes to make you better, not bitter. You must know all things work together for your good. God has given you power to be strong and courageous, so you can conquer and overcome any crisis that enters your life.