Responding to a Crisis
“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
– 2 Chronicles 20:12b
When we find ourselves facing a crisis, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, we can be uncertain as to how to respond. Fortunately, the Bible shows us how we should respond in times like these. These times can become defining moments when we choose to respond in ways:
- that honor God
- that provide a positive example for others
In 2 Chronicles 20, the king of Judah, Jehosophat, was faced with a severe crisis and cried out to God, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you”. In reality though, as we read 2 Chronicles 20, we see Jehosophat provide us a great model for responding to a crisis. We can always turn to God and His Word for wisdom and guidance. The truths from God’s Word can be helpful to us all.
We are to seek God in prayer. A crisis should motivate us to a deeper dependency on God. The Bible tells us Jehoshaphat became “alarmed”, but he also immediately resolved to pray. The threat was so severe that Jehosophat realized the necessity of divine aid.
For Jehoshaphat, the bottom line in verse 12 was, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” The same should be our perspective as well. The most important response in a crisis is to turn to God and to Christ. While fear and dismay are typical responses in times of uncertainty, we can rise above the typical responses by seeking the Lord and asking Him to intervene in our crisis.
We must come together. What did the people of Judah do in response to this crisis? In 2 Chronicles 20:4, we see “the people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord.” While “safer at home” and social distancing have made meeting corporately impossible for a season, what a joy it is for us to “come together” virtually as we worship online and use various forms of technology to “come together” in our Sunday school and small groups.
The word comfort is derived from two words—strength and together. God empowers us when we come together. Paul had some great words for us on this subject, “Let us not give up the habit of meeting together; Instead, let us encourage one another all the more”. (Hebrews 10:25)
We must worship God. In 2 Chronicles 20:13-22, we see a marvelous worship experience. The Bible tells us when faced with a crisis, the people of Judah came together for prayer, preaching, singing, praising, thanksgiving, and worship. It sounds a lot like what we experience today!
How I enjoy our times of corporate worship and the appreciation for worship has been reinforced during this time of “safer at home”. I so appreciate Pastor Matt, Kevin, and the entire worship team leading us to worship each week. Worship brings healing and a peace that is unavailable anywhere else. Genuine worship begins with putting God first in our lives and that is an important step in responding to a crisis. As believers, we know worship is a powerful force.
Rely on God and His Word. Though the future is unclear at this point and we wonder what the “new normal” will be, the promises of the Bible bring stability to us when we are in the midst of a crisis. The Bible is “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105). The encouraging words of Jehoshaphat to the people of Judah were “Have faith in the Lord your God” and “Do not be afraid or discouraged.” In times of uncertainty, the Word of God is an infallible anchor for our lives. To demonstrate trust in its counsel is to demonstrate faith in the God who authored and inspired it.
In 2 Chronicles 20, the people Judah was facing a crisis. They sought God in prayer, they came together and worshipped, and they relied on God and His Word. And we see in 2 Chronicles 20:22-29, God gave them a great victory! He wants to do the same for us today.
Pray: Lord, we thank you for providing your Word and your Holy Spirit to guide us through these times of uncertainty. We pray for discernment as we study your Word and for the courage to follow our convictions based on the leading of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus Name we pray, amen.
Sunday School / Small Groups Broken Arrow Campus Leader
First Baptist Broken Arrow