Jesus walked the earth not just to deliver mankind from sin, but also to show you how to live your life as God intended. I would like you to pay attention to this post, because I will present Jesus to you as the model man. My strategy will be to contrast how Jesus handled crisis, versus the response of the people around Him who were faced with the same; and then challenge you to follow His style.
Life is full of crisis. In fact, Jesus said:
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
~John 16:33 (KJV)
It will be correct to say that life is simply a chain of crisis.
If you are in Christ, then you need to look at Him to learn how to deal victoriously with the challenges of life.
When Jesus was faced with the hungry multitude in a desert place, it was a real crisis. The women and children – and thousands of the men too – were all faint with hunger. They’d been with Jesus for three days without food. That’s a long time to go without food! To worsen things, they were in a desert place. There was no nearby market to buy food. It was a real crisis.
The crisis, however, was not in the mind of Jesus Christ. The bible tells us that He already had in mind what He was going to do; and it wasn’t something ‘sensible’ at all.
In any case, look at what happened when His disciples were confronted with the crisis; see how their minds functioned. Their natural instincts and fears kicked in. Phillip did the maths and concluded that they weren’t going to spend that much on bread. Everyone was in a state of panic.
“Philip answered Him, ‘Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite.’”
How was his mind working? Was he thinking about the power of God? Was he thinking about the glory of God? He definitely did not factor in the possibilities of God. It didn’t feature in his thinking at all. Unfortunately, that’s the way many people are.
Like Phillip here, many folks don’t remember God at their moments of crisis. They forget the power of God when considering solutions to their problems.
Life is full of crisis. In dealing with crisis, you can choose to employ God’s help like Jesus did or ignore the possibilities of God like most folks do.