9 Powerful Bible Verses When Facing A Crisis

9 Powerful Bible Verses When Facing A Crisis October 17, 2018

When crisis’ come, there is solace in the Scriptures, so here are 10 powerful Bible verses to read when dealing with a crisis.

Common to All

Just about everyone has faced a crisis in their life. In fact, you have either just gone through one, you are going through one now, or it’s just ahead. These crisis’ can be about a divorce, finances, a wayward child, cancer, a lost job, and even the loss of a loved one, so the only thing that stays the same in this life is that we all go through crisis’. Change is not easy to adjust too, but sometimes a crisis can bring about change…in us and in our circumstances, however, there is calm in the storm. People change, but God never does.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

God does not have a bad day at the office. He does not get up on the wrong side of the universe. God is constant. Always the same, day after day, and there’s comfort in that. If He has promised eternal life to those who believe in Jesus Christ (John 3:16), then we know He won’t change His mind about it. He won’t regret the free gift of eternal life (Eph 2:8-9) given to His children. Jesus Christ, Who is God, does not change either, even when everything else seems to change in our life. Our crisis does not catch Him off guard.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

This is actually a command, but one that’s difficult to obey, particularly when faced with a crisis. We tend to be anxious about everything, but often don’t address it in prayer. We should put all our anxieties in Jesus’ hands. He says we can go to Him and He will give us rest (Matt 11:28-30), so just put everything in His hands by putting “everything in prayer.”

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

The fact that I am in pushing the upper 60’s makes me appreciate the fact that my “self is wasting away,” but also that my “inner self is being renewed day by day.” Our trials or our “momentary affliction” is shaping us into the image of Christ. This “eternal weight” can’t be seen today, but will be visible in the coming kingdom, so Paul would say, “do not lose heart.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

One church had to close its doors the other day, but churches are like people. They are born, they live, and they die, and it’s not the end of the world. In fact, a new church plant started just about 5 weeks later, and today it is a small but growing church. Apparently, it was time…a time for a new beginning.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

If you hold a lit candle next to a wall and shine a flashlight on it, you’ll notice that the light or the flame does not cast a shadow. That’s because light cannot create shadows…light eliminates them, and “the Father of lights” never changes, so we know there is no “shadow due to change” like there is in us. We change over time. We change our minds like the wind changes directions, but God does not change, shift positions, or change His mind about what sin is.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

Maybe you could substitute “crisis” for “them” and have it read, “Do not fear or be in dread of” this crisis, because God doesn’t leave when a crisis hits. In most cases, He is closer than ever, so when a crisis comes, we can “Be strong and courageous,” knowing God does “not leave” us “or forsake us,” especially in a crisis.

Malachi 3:6 For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.

Why would this verse speak about God not changing in relation to the nation of Israel, and especially saying, the “children of Jacob, are not consumed?” The Bible teaches that God “does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:10), so God does not give Israel what they deserve (judgment) but what they need (mercy). Just as Israel was while in captivity, we too who once “were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Pet 2:10). God has sworn by His own name to preserve a remnant for Himself, and so God has not utterly forsaken Israel. It might look like it now, but now is not forever, and some day, they will recognize Jesus as the Messiah, but more importantly, as their Savior.

Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Think about this verse, even though the intended recipient is the nation of Israel, God does a new thing in us too. For example, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Cor 5:17), and God did “make a way” in our spiritual wilderness by drawing us to Himself through Christ (John 6:44), and we are now seen as having Jesus’ own righteousness (2 Cor 5:21). That’s about as new as it gets… becoming a new creation in Christ. Crisis’ can change us more into the image of Christ because we are driven to more dependence upon Christ, and that’s good because we could do nothing without Him (John 15:5).

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Even though this was written to the exiles in Babylon, this is still true for the believer. This verse was not written to us, but it’s helpful for us, because it refers to the nature of God. We have a hope in Christ and in a coming kingdom, and until that time, we can remind ourselves that Jesus says, “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt 28:20). That is a permanent abiding (John 15:1-8), where Christ comes to dwell in us, and we in Him.

Conclusion

There are dozens more Bible verses that I could have included that can help you deal with a crisis, or prepare for the one that’s coming. It’s like I said; you’re either in a crisis, coming out of a crisis, or preparing to go into one, and so tuck these Bible verses away for the day when a crisis comes, or one comes for your friend or family member. You can take God at His Word, that “He will not leave you or forsake you,” even if you forsake Him for a season.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    “Just about everyone has faced a crisis in their life. In fact, you have either just gone through one, you are going through one now, or it’s just ahead. These crisis’ can be about a divorce, finances, a wayward child, cancer, a lost job, and even the loss of a loved one”

    Oh but gentle jesus meek and mild is the same today, yesterday and forever….right jack….MISSING IN ACTION! Just sitting up there on his heavenly throne watching all the suffering and doing nothing about it. Would you watch people suffer jack if you had the power to alleviate it? Would you jack?

    Suppose jack that you were a doctor who came up with a cure for cancer…..Would you run around curing a couple of people to show off your newfound talent (like storybook jesus did) or would you give the cure to the world? A MORAL person would share his discovery with everyone but for some reason storybook jesus could only muster up a show to prove how good a magician he was. Who is more MORAL jack? The doctor sharing his cure for suffering of storybook jesus who watches it all in spite of his holy powers?

    Of course you won’t answer will you? You have to ignore logic and reason to preserve your perverse ideology and your wretched job of lying to people about things you can’t possibly know. And of course you have to rationalize the BOOK! The ancient barbaric superstitious BOOK you’ve built your life around.

    “You can take God at His Word, that “He will not leave you or forsake you,”

    Ah, there is no “word” from any “god” only the words of stupid ignorant barbaric religious lunatics. Go tell that to the mothers of the 35,000 children who will starve to death today while your “god” “jesus” watches despite having the ability to end suffering.

    You are a lunatic jack…an infantile mentally ill lunatic

  • Glory

    I find the verses discussing the Christian’s relationship with God as His children to be particularly inspiring.

    Here are s few. Some assume all are the children of God but God gives a right to become a child of God. Don’t let anyone trick, dissuade or argue you out of receiving that right from God.

    John 1:12 English Standard Version (ESV)

    12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

    Galatians 3:26 ESV

    For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.

    Ephesians 6:4 ESV

    Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

    Romans 8:16 ESV

    The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

    1 John 3:1 ESV

    See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

    Matthew 5:9 ESV

    “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

    1 John 3:10 ESV

    By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

    Romans 8:17 ESV

    And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

    Romans 8:14 ESV

    For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

    1 John 2:28-3:10 ESV

    And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. …

    John 1:12-13 ESV

    But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

    Romans 8:17-19 ESV

    And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.

    Isaiah 54:13 ESV

    All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.

    Romans 8:14-19 ESV

    For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. …

    John 11:52 ESV

    And not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.

    Romans 8:28 ESV

    And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

    2 Timothy 3:15 ESV

    And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

    Romans 5:1-21 ESV

    Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. …

    Ephesians 1:4, ESV

    4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

    2 Timothy 3:16 ESV

    All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

    1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV

    Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

    Romans 8:16-17 ESV

    The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

    Philippians 2:15 ESV

    That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

    2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

    Acts 2:38 ESV

    And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Hebrews 12:9-11 ESV

    9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

    1 John 5:1-13 ESV

    Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

    Ephesians 4:1-6 ESV

    I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, …

    Ephesians 4:13 ESV

    Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

    Be sure to read the Bible, children of God, and do not argue the scriptures with unbelievers so you can maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace and mature to full manhood in Jesus.

    Peace Be With You!

    • pud

      How about this one skippy?

      If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as male servants do.

    • You bible fanatics want to kill same-sex oriented people. Never mind that they were born that way. Remember Leviticus! There it tells you to put them to death. There you are told that your god considers it an abomination. This is pure bigotry.

      You have been, and are,meditating on a book that is full of religious fanaticism. No wonder that you have become a religious fanatic. You need to write to Sam Harris and get his views on meditation. Just breathe! Relax! Put your barbaric religious book in the waste paper basket or, if you wish to put it to good use, use its pages as toilet paper.

    • “Be sure to read the Bible, children of God…”

      Your bible tells us that Yahweh commanded the Israelis to butcher the Amalekites for what they had done to Israel about 400 years earlier. What responsibility did these folk have for what was done 400 years previously? Through that wacko, Samuel, Yahweh supposedly told Saul to kill all the Amalekites, including defenceless women, little children and babies. Saul had his troops do a thorough job and murder the little children and babies, but he failed to kill king Agag. Samuel lost his temper, picked up a sword and murdered Agag by cutting him to pieces. What a bastard that Samuel was. Be sure to meditate on this passage found in 1 Samuel ch.15.

      You’re a bible fanatic, but you hide these barbaric passages from your fellow Christians. Now, not all Christians are bible fanatics. Thank goodness for that! Many Christians are theological and ethical liberals. Some are atheists. These are the Christians who have recovered their sanity and integrity.

  • pud

    HOW ABOUT SOMETHING FOR THE LADIES IN “CRISIS”….you know…SLAVES!

    If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as male servants do.

  • pud

    Why should anyone believe the bible? Well, if you’re credulous, gullible, fearful, irrational, delusional and like the company of others just like you then I guess it’s as good a cult as any other. But if you care in the LEAST for reason, truth, logic, rational thought, facts and reality….Well then you shouldn’t care one bit.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvqmka8LYQ4