Comfort in Crisis
In this week’s Comfort in Crisis Timely Teaching video, Pastor Gary Hunt teaches us how to comfort ourselves in a time of crisis. A crisis is a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger. During these times we have a choice to make. We can choose fear or we can choose to trust God. Trusting God allows us to seek refuge under his wing.
What we have taken for granted hits home when it is taken away. The best way to appreciate something is to be without it for a while. The difficult circumstances in life and the times of waiting often refine, teach, and prepare us for the future responsibilities that God has for us.
God may use dramatic methods to work in your life or he may speak in a gentle whisper. Jesus is whispering “Trust me”. Do you trust him?
Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all of your heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all of your ways, know and acknowledge and recognize him and he will make your paths straight, removing obstacles that block your way.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP)
How to manage anxiety in times of uncertainty?
God wants you to move your heart closer to him, and in return, he will come even closer to you. Cast all of your worries and anxieties on him. Through prayer, worship, praise, and by studying the word of God, you can be in God’s shadow. We need to stay in God’s shadow during times of crisis.
What does it mean to trust God?
To trust God means that we follow him in obience even when we don’t understand what he’s doing.
Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything, every circumstance and situation, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your specific requests known to God. And the peace of God, that peace which reassures the heart, that peace which transcends all understanding, that peace that transcends guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus is yours.
Philipeans 4: 6-7 (AMP)
Trusting God brings us a deep and lasting peace. Unlike worldly peace, which is usually defined as the absence of conflict, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance; with Christ’s peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future. Sin, fear, uncertainty, doubt, and numerous other forces are at war within us. The peace of God moves into our hearts and lives to restrain these hostile forces and offer comfort in place of conflict.
When faced by a confusing array of circumstances, we need to remember that:
- God is in control – nothing surprises him.
- This world is not all there is – it will pass away, but God is eternal.
- God is just, and he will make things right – punishing the wicked and rewarding the faithful.
- God wants to use you to make a difference in the world.
We challenge YOU to read Psalm 91 every day. After you have done this for 21 days, write down the changes that you feel have taken place.
For more help managing anxiety, watch our sermon series Fearless.