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Coping with Change and Crisis

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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

The definition of coping is successfully dealing with difficult situations. The future is unsure, leaving many people with anxiety as they try to cope with negative thoughts about the unknown. When I was young, back in the fifties, the future was something I looked forward to. But now fifty years later, I see crisis in the future. The Word gives us an understanding of what events we can expect in the future.

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. (Philippians 3:20-21 ESV) Whatever the future of the world is, we cope knowing our future is in Heaven with the Father and the Son. How sad it is for those who don’t know Christ because they live to survive in this world with no hope of eternal life.

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28) We never die because our life is in the soul.  When Christ returns, we get a young, eternal body. When we overcome the fear of death, we can overcome fear of the future. We live for Christ being a Light in this darkening world until our last breath, then we go to our eternal, Heavenly home.

For this God is our God for ever and ever he will be our guide even to the end. (Psalm 48:14) Christ lives in our hearts through the Spirit and he never leaves us but will guide us through every detail in our life. He will give us whatever we need to cope in this world and bring us to our eternal home. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10) The Lord will give us whatever we need to cope with in this life. He wants us to trust him because he wants to carry us through life and into Heaven.

Today, live and cope with everything through the power of Christ. You are living in victory whenever you reflect Christ.  Live with your hope in Christ and do not let any fear from Satan be destroyed by the God’s love in your heart.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for saving me and giving me eternal life. Without you always being with me and the promise of eternal life, I could never cope with changes that are happening.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.