Solid Foundation When Facing a Crisis
When your life is in a crisis, when the storms of life come and hit your world, the condition of your foundation determines whether the structure of your life will stand or be destroyed. Jesus spoke about this when he described two men who were listening to His teaching. One only listened to Jesus speaking but did nothing about it. Jesus said that was like building your house on the sand. When the waves come, the house gets thrashed. Another guy listens to Jesus’ words and puts them into practice. Jesus said that was like building your house on the rock. When the waves and wind come, the house stands the test and endures the strength of the storm.
Many of us are in the midst of a storm; either because of our own life circumstances or because of what is happening in our nation and world. This is not foreign territory for God. God’s Word talks about this pretty plainly throughout; for those of you in the building trades, the Apostle Paul even compares it to the building of a foundation in I Corinthians:
“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 3:10-15).
I want to help you make sure that you have a secure foundation and know how to manage your life during a crisis. We are using the word FOUNDATION as an acronym. Let’s review: FOUND
- First Things First…Handle
- Open Your Heart….Heart
- Understand the Times…Head
- Notice the Flowers…Hope
- Decide to be a Survivor…Health
So, what next? Here are five more principles to insure your life is built on a solid foundation so that you can manage during any crisis.
- Act on Wise Counsel….Examine
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).
Tragedies bring about the best AND the worst of human character. Heroes are more visible, and scam artists are more active. During a crisis, it is imperative that you consider the source of your information and the credibility of your counselors. Just as essential is that you remember what your life is all about and how God wants to use and prepare you for the future. God has a plan for your life that He wants you to have in view during any crisis you face. Ask the hard questions, and make sure the hard questions get asked of you by the right people.
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
Parents, one of the critical things you provide for your children is a “grid” or “worldview” that can help them see the world around them. You be the person that provides them a sense of direction and wisdom. Turn off the TV and talk a little. Have a meal together and try to make some sense out of what’s happening in our world.
There is a tale from tsarist Russia about a priest who was walking along minding his own business when a royal guard stopped him at gun point. The guard asked him: "What is your name? Why are you here, and where are you going?"
The priest gazed quizzically at the soldier and then asked, "How much do they pay you to do this work?"
The solider, somewhat taken aback, replied, "Why, three kopeks a month."
“I’ll pay you 30 kopeks a month if you will stop me every week and ask me these same questions," the priest said.
- Teach your Circle of Influence... Enlarge
“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us” (Romans 12:4-6a).
God has placed strategic people in your circle of influence. Each of you has a circle of family, friends, neighbors or coworkers who you influence. Times like these give us great moments to impact the world around us. During a crisis, be thinking of how you can teach your circle of influence. Be sure to thank those people who have touched your life…
- Invite others to health… Enrich
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10).
- Only Lean on God… Embrace
Daniel Boone was once asked if he had ever been lost in the woods. "No," Dan'l said, "but once I was perplexed for a couple of days." Paul, a key leader in the early Christian Church, said it this way...
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (II Corinthians 4:7-9).
- Never Give Up!..Endure
"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:3-4).
During a crisis, the condition of your foundation determines whether the structure of your life will stand or be destroyed. Do you have a solid foundation in your life?
1) Relationship with God something you are clear about?
2) Secure in the materials with which you are building your foundation?
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