March 17 Crisis or Opportunity?

scripture reading: Psalm 18:29–33
key verse: Habakkuk 3:19

The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.

The Chinese character for crisis and opportunity is identical. Literally translated, it reads, “Crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous winds.”

When crises arise, and they do so quite frequently, they appear foreboding—a pink slip at work; a somber look on the face of your physician after seeing test results; an unexpected call with the sad news of a family death.

Although you cannot diminish their gravity (the Bible never ignores or attempts to explain away pain), you can take realistic stock of your dilemma and then turn to the ultimate Realist, Jesus Christ.

The danger in facing life’s crises is withdrawing into the valley of despair or seeking to surmount it with feeble self–resolve. Both tactics will end in ruin.

The opportunity is to trust God to make your feet as “deer’s feet” so that through Him, you may see God at work in your problems. Faith in God and His care for you will stabilize your footing and give you a confident grip in His ability.

As God strengthens and equips you, you can ride on the divine winds of faith that help you seize the opportunity for faith in your crises and give you renewed hope in God’s active presence in your life.

Dear Lord, stabilize my spiritual footing. I do not want to withdraw to the valley of despair, and I cannot survive through self–resolve. Enable me to ride the divine winds of faith in the midst of my storms.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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