A Good Crisis


I’ve written before and told many others that in God’s economy there are no such things as accidents, only those unforeseen things people never planned for.

Shortly after President Obama was elected, his campaign chief and soon to become a short-lived chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel made this memorable statement: 

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.

I’m never surprised by what the world dishes out anymore. Especially when it involves politics. Many things are happening in the world that escape our notice, but which will come crashing in on your local news at any time.  Rahm is dealing with a huge crisis right now-the first teacher strike in 25 years in his city of Chicago-our president’s most recent stomping grounds before the beltway.  The news says it has national implications. Sounds to me like somethng someone with sinister intentions could capitalize on.

The worst crisis since the 1973 Yom Kippur War is coming to ahead in Israel. Many believe that before the Israeli national election later this month, bombs will be dropped and missiles launched toward Iran, who is purifying more fissionable material than ever.

The Premier of China has been a mysterious no show for several high ranking meetings in Beijing in the past several days, fueling speculation that a subterranean coup d’etat  has taken place and another man will be assuming power, as always, against the will of the people.

We have been living in a state of crisis here in America for the past 11 years. Tomorrow we will solemnly mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks against the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the attempt on targets in the beltway.

Our crisis response in those situations have been many and varied. In my opinion, often off the mark.  For a long time it seemed we were victimized under the auspices of the Patriot Act, which made it reasonable and, most importantly, legal for our government to spy on us within our borders. In fact, many found themselves accused under this act and held without due process and/or scant probable cause for arrest.

I think Solomon had the soundest perspective on crises. Whether your Christian, Muslim, atheist makes no difference. The wisdom of this quote is inescapable: 

What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
 Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
 No one remembers the former generations,
and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow them. Ecclesiastes 1:9-11

In the world’s economy, crises are things for the powerful to use over the less powerful or powerless.  In God’s economy, crises are not things for men to capitalize on. They are situations for God’s glory–His manifest perfection–to be displayed with boldness and great passion for the good that it will produce.

Take heart, dear reader, pay no attention to what the media tells you to believe. Trust Him who created us all and wants only our good. Here’s what He says: 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11

 A new day of blessing is coming soon!


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