30 January: Crisis Management

Today’s chapter highlights again that, whenever anything goes wrong, our first question seems to always be: Why?.…

READ EXODUS 5  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Managing crisis, at any level, is like navigating a minefield. When personally affected by things going wrong, we immediately want to know Why? Why me? Why this? Why now? But knowing the futility of “crying over spilt milk”, good Crisis Management will often put higher value on the “how”, “when”, “where” and “what” questions.

With the Book of Exodus in hand and HIStory behind us, we can now see that Moses’ question asking “why”, is premature. [v22] I’ve noticed that this is often the case when asking “Why?” along my own life-journey. Hindsight will always be better than foresight. Quoting Søren Kierkegaard, our daughter once said:

“Life can really only be understood as you look backwards but to live, you have to go forwards.”

So when I’m tempted to ask “why”, I may get further by asking “when” – even if the answer is: “…a little longer than I think I can handle”. By exchanging the predominantly egocentric question “Why me?” to “When Lord?”, will constructively put the Creator at the center where He belongs. How long will it be, Father God, before You intervene (just as You did in the days of ancient Egypt), and when will You save the world from our current circumstances?[a]

 Read More? …CLICK on “30 January – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to speak directly with your Maker? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

Your glory covers the heavens, Father God, and Your praise fills the earth. Your splendour is like the sunrise; rays flash from Your hand, where Your power was once hidden. [Habakkuk 3:3-4]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Use the link to pray for Asia[c]
  • Your Country: Labourers for God’s Harvest Field[d]
  • Yourself: Wisdom for Decisions
  • Your concerns for today
As a father has compassion on his children, so You Lord have compassion on those who fear You. You know how we’re formed and remember that we’re dust. [Psalm 103:13-14]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

I’ll return to You Lord my God because my sins have been my downfall. I’ll bring words with me and return to You. Forgive all my sins and receive me graciously, that I may offer the fruit of our lips. [Hosea 14:1-2]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Thank-You Father that You loved us so much that You sent Your only Son so that none of us will perish but that all of us can have Eternal Life. [John 3:16]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[e] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = The Creator’s Will

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” [Proverbs 3:5-6]

[a] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKMoHLxDncU

[b] Matthew 6:5-15

[c] http://www.operationworld.org/region/asia/owtext.html

[d] Matthew 9:38

[e] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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