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My friend used to pray and read the Bible. But when he and his wife got a divorce, his faith started to dwindle. Now he believes there is a God, but he doesn’t believe God cares about us. What should I do to help him?

Steve Answers:

It sounds like your friend went through a major crisis! That happens to adults, but I’ve found that a crisis (or crises–the plural form of crisis) can happen to young people, too. You can probably think of several crises you’ve experienced, and you’ll probably have more.

This week, let’s take a look at the sources of crises. Next week we’ll focus on what to do in a crisis; then we’ll apply it to your friend’s situation. Hopefully, you’ll be able to apply it to your future crises, as well.

The source of a crisis may vary. Satan sometimes creates crises for us as he did for Job. Read Job 1:12 and 2:6, 7. Then there are times when we’re the source of our crises. Remember how God took Saul’s kingdom away from him because of his sin? Read 1 Samuel 15:24, 28. The Bible also records some crises in which God was the source, as in Lazarus’s death. Read John 11:4-6, 14, 15, 42, 45. Also read Isaiah 48:10 and Hebrews 12. I mention these various sources because sometimes people handle the tension from a crisis differenty if it’s a result of their own choices or if they perceive it as an attack from Satan. Some people may even see the crisis as coming from God, and that usually changes how they relate to it.

If Satan is the source of your crisis, it fits into the category of spiritual warfare. According to Ephesians 6:10-18, the way to deal with these types of crises is to put on the full armor of God. This means relying on and taking advantage of everything God makes available. Paul lists truth, righteousness, alertness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, God’s Word, and prayer.

If you’re the source of your own crisis, stop what you’re doing! In other words, turn off the faucet to your crisis. Then comes the matter of owning up to your responsibility or denying it. Denying it keeps your crisis going. Owning up to it starts the process of resolution, although it might be painful at times.

If God is the source of your crisis, it’s probably to lead you to trust Him more. Ask God for the strength to endure, the insight to learn, and the awareness of His presence so you can actually experience peace and joy during the crisis!

Regardless of the source of the crisis, God is able to use it for good. Peter wrote, "Now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed" (1 Peter 1:6, 7).

Next week we’ll talk more about God, how to relate to crises, and how to help your friend.

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