Disasters have a way of clarifying values. They have a way of pointing out what matters and what really doesn’t matter. They define your values. Luke 12:15 “Jesus said…Life is not measured by how much one owns.” What it actually says, don’t confuse your net worth with your self-worth. Don’t confuse your possessions with your purpose in life. Don’t confuse what you are living on with what you are living for. A man’s life does not consist of what he possesses. Some of us lost everything.
In a crisis/tragedy we discover that the greatest things in the world aren’t things. What really matters are relationships, the health and safety of our people. We can just be thankful when we have the loved ones we have.
1 Timothy 6:7 “We brought nothing into this world, and we can’t take anything out of it.”
If you want real security, you must build your life on something that can never be taken from you. You can lose your home, career, marriage, health, beauty, but you cannot you’re your relationship with God. If you want real security, then build your life on a relationship with God. Because God says, “ I will never leave you or forsake you.” Even if I can’t keep my commitments, He will.
Rely on Jesus Christ in a crisis or tragedy. Philippians 4:13 “I have learned the secret of being happy at any time in everything that happens, I can do all things through Christ, because He gives me strength.” How can I do that?
- By leaning on Jesus Christ for stability. Psalm 112:6-7 “Such a person will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. God’s constant care of him will make a deep impression on all who see it. He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that God will take care of him.”
- Listen to Christ for direction. Jeremiah 29:11 “ I know what I am planning for you.” Says the Lord. “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future.”
- Look to Christ for salvation. Psalm 46:2 “God is our protection and our strength. He always helps in times of trouble. So we will not be afraid even if the earth shakes, or the mountains fall into the sea.” 2 Corinthians 1:10 “We were really crushed and overwhelmed, and feared we would never live through it…we saw how powerless we were to help ourselves; but that was good, for then we put everything into the hands of God, who alone could save us… And he did help us and saved us… and we expect him to do it again and again.”