When I first told my wife, Amy, the title of last week’s post, Christ-centered or Crisis-centered, she loved it. Interestingly enough, we had different takes on what it meant. My take was what you read last week … Crisis-centered people are those who focus more on the crisis than on Christ. In other words, the crisis becomes “your center” instead of Christ being your center. Amy’s take on it is what I’ll share this week … Crisis-centered people are those whose lives seem to be one crisis after another. They are caught in a crisis cycle.
First off, let me acknowledge that there can be times when we face a crisis, or series of crises, through no fault of our own. Job is a good example of this. Many of you are probably familiar with the Biblical account of God’s servant, Job. Job was a man that was upright, shunned evil, and feared God. In other words, Job was not living a life style that would bring upon him a crisis. Nevertheless, Job faced one and a big one at that. God allowed Satan to test Job in any and every way except taking his life. Job lost his children, his wealth and his health … now that’s a crisis. Through it all, God was with Job and Job ultimately remained faithful to God. If you want to be encouraged, read through the book of Job yourself.