Posted by: Joe Palmer | June 23, 2009

How Do You Handle a Crisis


How Do You Handle a Crisis?

By Joe Palmer

What do you do when there is a crisis? This is one of the most important questions we can ask. Very simply it tells us who we are. We cannot stop a crisis from occurring. We can only control how we react to the crisis. Consider how some of the great characters of the Bible reacted in a crisis.

 Abraham – Lied to pharaoh
 King Saul – Blamed the people for keeping the spoils of war.
 David – Killed a man to cover up his own sin.
 Aaron – Blamed the people for wanting the idol he made and told God that the fire created the idol.
 Adam & Eve – Adam blamed the woman and Eve blamed the serpent.

 Daniel – Worshiped God even when threatened.
 Joseph – Told Potiphar’s wife, “I can not sin against God.”
 Shadrack, Meshack, & Abednego – Refused both the kings food and to worship his idols.
 Noah – Built the ark even while people ridiculed him.
 Paul – Wrote from prison, “For me to live is Christ to die is gain.”

A Harvard study of 173 men found that the ones who handled crisis without blame or bitterness had the greatest sense of inner well being. In my estimation the two key words in that sentence are blame and bitterness. When problems come we often show our character weaknesses.

What will we do in the church when a crisis or problem occurs? We can blame one another, give-up, give-in, or run but the answer is to rise up in faith and trust God. Lift up our weak or fallen brother and to keep marching for the master.

Most of all we should remember as the apostle Paul tells us that in every crisis God is always on our side and protecting us.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Rom 8:28

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Rom 8:31-35

Wishing for you “A Better Life” now and in eternity.
Joe Palmer



  1. Great post Bro! I have learned that we have a choice in the face of a crisis of tragedy. We can either let it destroy us or we can grow from it. When we lost my mother to a car accident in 1999, I had a choice, this will destroy me or it will make me stronger in trusting God. I,with the help of the Spirit, chose to grow through it. Amazing what we learn!!

  2. Trent sometimes in life we have defining moments when we have to decide if what we say we believe is real enough to live by it in the face of a challenge. When we go through those we come out stronger.

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