When a crisis happens in your life, you come face to face with yourself. The crisis is not nearly as important as what you will do next. How do you know what to do? You lose your job, a family member dies, a car wreck, a divorce, an unexpected pregnancy. a life changing tragedy happens and you end up in a “crisis of belief.” You can be doing everything you are supposed to do. Working hard, living right. And the disaster hits like a tornado.
The Bible tells a story about a man who lived a life with great crises. His name was Moses. He was forty years old and at the top of his game. He lived in the most prosperous family, the king of Egypt, the most prosperous nation in the known world. He was a prince of Egypt. Being a Hebrew by birth, one day he saw an Egyptian slave master beating another Hebrew. Moses stepped in to fight the slave master and ended up killing him. The next thing Moses knew, he was chased out of Egypt and into the desert.. One day he is rich and famous. The next he is alone and poor, running for his life…. From riches to rags.
After many years, when God finally speaks to him, He gives Moses no explanation…. none at all. Instead He tells Moses three things. Three things we need to know when we hit a crisis. God tells Moses who He is, who Moses is, and then He tells Moses what to do.
Ex.3:6 He said (to Moses) also, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." 10 "Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.”
These are the same 3 things you need to know.
- Who God is
“ I am the God of your father…” In a crisis, we don’t need to have an explanation of how the mess happened (but we crave it). We need to KNOW how BIG God is.. He knows all about your crisis and has resources to help you.
2. Who you are
God tells Moses ,”you are in My family." If you are a Christian , Jesus said you are a child of God. He knows all about you. He knew you before you were born. You are not a person drifting through life. You are God’s child. He is a responsible Dad.
3. Decide to Serve Him
God has fashioned you a certain way to serve Him and His people. Scripture is full of ways we are to serve Him and His people. Feel depressed? Get started now. If you are not in a local
church, get in one. Tell the pastor you want to serve. After he gets up off the floor, he will give you opportunities. And serving will help to lead you out of discouragement and give you faith through the crisis.
Every time I have cried out to God for an explanation of a crisis, His response to me has been like Moses. “I’m here. You're mine. Get going!” It works!