One of the ways I’ve learned to deal with crisis is to feed my faith. What does that mean? Well, in days of hardship, when I’ve suffered physically, emotionally, mentally, and in other ways—I stayed in the Word of God.
I know that sounds cliché, but it’s true. I would read narratives of other people who were going through the same challenges that I was—I would see how they handled their situations in faith. As I did this, I was feeding my own faith. My assurance in God and His promises grew, and my perspective was changed day by day. It was just a matter of time before I was able to really live out those things I was reading.
We were never meant to do this life alone. We need God’s Word; but we also need to share life with people who can encourage us and strengthen us along the journey. When crisis hits, many people walk away from God and from their community of believers. This is so dangerous, because if you disconnect from these support systems, you’re spiritually unarmed and vulnerable!
So who’s your spiritual support group? Where are you finding daily time to dive into God’s truth? When do you bring your cares and pain and situations before Him? Who are you trusting in His Church to help you carry those burdens?
One of the greatest strategies in crisis is to feed your faith. When you consistently do this, you’ll find yourself stronger and more able to handle what’s down the road.
Dr. Derek Grier