2 Chr.20:14 (ESV)… Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s.
(Related to this post is Where Your Strength Lies.)
Is anyone in a predicament? Is your job, health, relationship, marriage, business, etc. under pressure? Is the storm of life beating vehemently and threatening to rock your boat? Then it’s not time to give in to despair or leave yourself to distress.
The target of the enemy in every crisis is our peace. Then when peace goes out men cast off every iota of hope and faith, lose their sleep, then despair and distress set in. This launches one into the panic mode which is a period of much upheaval and confusion – a perfect atmosphere for the enemy to freely walk in to further steal, kill and destroy.
The kingdom of God, however, is the dominion of Christ through Righteousness, Peace and Joy. Where confusion thrives, the enemy of our souls goes into operation and the situation worsens. Wherever these three factors are intact however, the enemy has no foothold – no room to manifest!
Hence, the first thing to ensure in any crisis is to do all you can to hold on to your Peace.
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? … Mar 4:37-39 (KJV)
When a storm arose against Jesus, His disciples were jeopardized…and truly, the storm would have swallowed them up, but for Jesus who did not loose a sleep! His peace was intact because He was A Man of Peace. And with that calm and tranquil spirit, Jesus was able to survey, arrest, address and prevail over the situation.
… a man of peace will defuse heated situations …because internally he has discovered and experienced “perfect peace” (Is.26:3)
– R.T. Kendall
Therefore in summary, the first rule for Crisis Management from the biblical point of view is Do Not Fret or Panic; as holding on to your peace keeps further confusion out, and allows you have the good perspective needed to arrest and address the situation effectively…
Lord Jesus, I naturally fret when the storms of life rock my boat, and my life, work, business, relationship or marriage, etc. seems threatened…Nevertheless, Your peace makes room for the good perspective required to apply damage control by Your help and address the situation effectively.
Therefore regardless of tumultuous it seems dear Lord, please help me to stop being fretful and panicky, but to anchor my soul on You, that by Your peace which passes all understanding I might gain control over this storm and prevail, just like You did, in Your name I ask it. Amen.
Funmi Adebayo © 2015