People usually do one of four things when they are faced with a crisis, which are seen as common crutches on which they lean:

(1) Escapism—Most people escape the reality of pain.  They either run away emotionally or they literally run in physical ways through travel or affairs or chemical dependence.  They deny the horror of what has happened.  They refuse to let reality run its course and take its toll on them.

(2) Cynicism—People not only face their troubles, they become preoccupied with them and grow dark within.  Surprise leads to disillusionment, which leads to resentment and finally bitterness.  They spend the balance of their lives trying to take revenge.  They become victims of their own lack of forgiveness.  More often than not, the cynic ships the faith as bitterness wins the final victory.

(3) Humanism—People listen to the counsel of some other person, rather than God.  They get their logic and their reasoning from a man or a woman or a book.  They turn to self-help, people’s opinion, and self-realization.  They try human reasoning, which inevitably is based on the horizontal wisdom of man.  This leaves them empty and lacking.  They try meditation that fails to satisfy.  They do not come to terms with the truth of what they could learn through the whole experience.

(4) Supernaturalism—Some people turn to mediums.  They seek information from the other world.  They get in touch with witches and wizards with the assurance of demonic powers.  Some begin to try astrology and others turn to superstition.  More and more connect with the occult as they are trying to cope with their world of pain.

These four crutches are popular but they do not provide any sense of ultimate relief and satisfaction.  They leave the victim in quicksand, more desperately confused than at the beginning.  None of the above is an acceptable “final authority.”  This brings us to a question that must be pondered:  What holds us together when all hell breaks loose around us?

There can be no more reliable authority on earth than God’s Word, the Bible.  This timeless, trustworthy source of truth holds the key that unlocks life’s mysteries.  It alone provides us with the shelter we need in times of storm.  The Bible is the authority, the final resting place of our cares, our worries, our grief’s, our tragedies, our sorrows, and our surprises.  It is the final answer to our questions, our search.  Turning back to the Scriptures will provide something that nothing else on the entire earth will provide.  Psalm 119 speaks of a man who knows what it means to hurt.  He needs help outside himself.  We can read verses 81 through 92 and have it translated to the following:

“I wait for the truth of Your Word to come to pass, Lord.  I wait for help to return.  I wait for the promises to become a reality.  I wait for the wisdom to take shape and to make sense in my life.”  (Notice he waits for God’s Word, not human reasoning, not his own feelings, and not for a chance to get even.  God’s assistance is not always immediate.  He doesn’t come swiftly every time we cry out for help.)

In a world of relativism, the Bible talks in terms of right and wrong, good and bad, yes and no, true and false.  In a world where we’re encouraged to do it “if it feels good,” the Bible addresses that which is sinful and holy.  Scripture never leaves us with a bewildered look on our faces, wondering about the issues of life.  It says, “This is the way it is.  That is the way it is not to be.  This is the way to walk; do not walk there.”  It tells us straight.  It provides the kind of solid foundation you and I need.  Once again, everything within the Bible is said for our own good and our own safety.  Think of them as speed limits on roads.  If you go 50 miles an hour in a residential neighborhood where the speed limit is only 35, someone is going to get hurt.  When circumstances happen in life, they could be God’s way of telling us to either slow down or maybe even be still and be aware of His presence in our lives.

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