Read James 4:14

As Christians, how do we respond in the face of a crisis?  When a crisis happens in our world, it’s easy to question our faith, and it’s hard to replace the panic we face with the peace we’re promised as Jesus-followers.

So, what can we do as Christians in response to natural disasters, pandemics, or any other scary unknowns we face?

First, we remember that this world is not our home. Scripture reminds us that this world is temporary—it’s just a vapor. Does that mean we just walk around unbothered by what’s going on around us? Of course not! We’re not to be conformed to the world, but we are supposed to love the world.

Our response in the wake of danger or uncertainty isn’t to ignore pain but to draw people to God’s peace.

We’re also reminded in Scripture that we don’t live like those who have no hope. Because we know what Jesus did for us, we can be confident knowing that He is always with us. So, when disaster strikes, we are not shaken because we know that we are not forsaken.

You might have questions about how a good God could allow such terrible things to happen in this world. And it’s okay to ask that question. God doesn’t evade our questions; He invites us to Him.

The truth is, Jesus never promised any of us a pain-free life. Instead, Jesus promised us that this world will bring trouble. It will bring some uncertainty. But we can still have hope because it’s not our final destination. Here’s what Jesus said about that:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

Did you catch where the peace come from? Jesus is the only place where we can find a peace that doesn’t change regardless of what problems we face. And because of what Jesus has done for us, we can be encouraged because we know how the story ends. One day, God will make all wrongs right.

So when today looks shaky, remember that in Christ, we have an unshakable hope that doesn’t change based on our present circumstances. Over the next few days, we’ll talk about some more perspectives we can have and practical things we can do to share the love of Jesus when tragedy strikes.