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world totter in crisis nowadays, we can only hope for better things in the
horizon. Everything that goes down and touches bottom has only one direction
but up. Have we touched bottom yet? What to do when we still hear news about
companies considering filing for bankruptcy and many others
experiencing the squeeze as well in their own businesses? Should we be concerned
and begin to panic? We can glean from biblical principles to find solace and
encouragement in these times of crisis and one of the many popular verses comes
from Matthew 6:25-34 as it states: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you
will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more
important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the
birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your
heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of
you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? "And why do you worry
about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one
of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here
today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O
you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What
shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these
things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his
kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as
well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about
itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NIV)
carefully and one will find specific instruction that deals with the daily
concerns of life’s basic needs. It has provided simple but workable solutions
to what ails humanity at its core, i.e., worry and fear. Jesus described this
kind of attitude as unjustified and unnecessary especially when we reflect
carefully on some simple illustrations of care that God has done to other
created beings in our planet. We must not lose sight of what God has done in
the past and what He will do today and tomorrow as soon as we fill ourselves
with unbelief and doubt. The outlook of better things is hindered by our
“little faith.” Thus, we see worst things and hopelessness rather than holding
on to God’s promises of better things.
clear reminder is to stop worrying about tomorrow when today is already chock-full.
Here’s something to consider as written by Reynolds Dodson in Reader's
Digest, June, 1992 as the rules for crisis management:
1. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
2. Look first, and then act.
3. When you do act, act aggressively.
5. Don't get locked on a detail.
6. No matter how bad things get, be truthful.
7. Look for the silver lining.
silver lining can never be found on our own ways and means. When we have
exhausted all means possible and still nothing happened that favors our way, then
it is time to apply the biblical principle stated above, “Seek first His
kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Let it become a proven principle when applied deliberately and
consistently in our daily life.
that crises are part of our life and they are here to stay whether we like it
or not. However, we have a choice in dealing with them that includes God
in the equation or to depend on our own ways and know-how. God guarantees His
words and promises with complete success especially when we fully obey His will
at all times. Otherwise, we will be left with uncertainties without any
guarantees but more anxieties. Being anchored in God’s promises might be the
best option at this time of crisis, pandemics, political upheavals and many
other related events. Trust God more than anything else in his world and you
are in a very good hand. If you remember the Sunday school song that says,
“He’s got the whole world in His hands” then everything will always be better