“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”
(Isa. 59: 19 kjv)
Fearful thoughts escalated into a full-blown panic attack as I faced a crisis with my mother over a decade ago. As I waited for the doctors to diagnose her medical condition, I began to do some research of my own. And everywhere I turned, the facts were grim.
I knew my mother was facing a battle for her life. And my emotional red flags were rippling high overhead. I had many questions but very few answers.
But I remembered seemingly impossible situations where God had intervened. And I knew who I needed to turn to in a battle. I also knew my emotions and logic are always unreliable in a tough situation.
Jesus warned his disciples that there would be a day coming when they would endure difficult times. “In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world” (John 16: 33 The Message).
What is Jesus saying here? I believe he’s reminding his disciples to turn to him when they find themselves in trouble. But how do we seek the Lord during difficult days? I believe the answer lies in prayer and meditating on God’s Word.
How do you respond to overwhelming emotions? What are you worried about today? Are you anxious about something beyond your control? How would you describe your emotional reactions when you are worried?
- Past. List some of your past worries. How did you deal with them?
- Present.List the issues that worry you today. Are you anxious, fearful, or in a panic about them now? How are you responding to them?
- Future. What fears do you have about the future? Are you worried about things that you have no control over right now?
Which scriptures help you seek God in a crisis? Which verses help you manage your emotional reactions?
Do you recall some of the struggles you’ve been through involving your faith? Make notes of times when your faith was developed, grew, or challenged on your timeline; then choose one and freewrite about it.