Principles of Crisis Management

LifeLink Devotional

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

When something goes wrong, what’s your first option for fixing it? My normal thought pattern goes like this:

  • Do I have any experience in this area?
  • Do I know anyone else with experience in this area?
  • Google it. There’s probably a YouTube video.
  • Pray for other ideas of how I can fix it.
  • If I must, I will sit back and let God handle it.

Let’s see how the mother of Jesus handled a problem that developed at a wedding.

John 2:3-5 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Notice three principles of crisis management:

  1. Go to Jesus first. This requires our faith in Him to be greater than our faith in self.
  2. Make sure our request fits into His will. Think about what Mary was asking. “Jesus, I have complete confidence that you are able to do the miraculous and solve this problem. I believe you are here to bless people by meeting their needs. Please accomplish your purpose.” However, she had a limited view of Christ’s purpose. She asked in faith, but not according to God’s ultimate will. He replied to her, “My main purpose is not the temporal needs of mankind, but their spiritual needs, and this is not the time for me to resolve that problem.”
  3. Make sure we become obedient to His will. Mary immediately understood the admonition of Jesus, and told the servants to trust whatever Jesus would tell them. She made sure that Jesus was in complete control of this situation and it’s outcome.

Review those principles every time a crisis develops in your life. They should be your first option before you seek any of your own solutions.

Pastor John

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