In Times of Crisis - Your Daily Forward Devotional

In Times of Crisis

March 19, 2020

Read Psalm 46:10
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”


Who, or what, do you run to when the going gets tough?

Most people can recall exactly where they were when they heard that a plane had crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers. Even though it was newsworthy, the story really caught the nation’s attention when the second plane hit. All of a sudden, we were thrown into a crisis. What was going on? Everything seemed to stop as millions watched live coverage of innocent victims fighting for their lives. There was mass confusion as panic set in. Thousands were faced with split- second decisions. Should I stay where I am or try the fire escape? Should I run for cover here or over there? Should I help someone else—or focus on helping myself?

Meanwhile, our nation’s leaders were faced with defending our country from any further attacks. Should we ground all flights? What action should we take if a 747 isn’t responding properly?

What’s more, cell phones weren’t working, other airplanes were unaccounted for, the Pentagon was hit, a plane was down in Pennsylvania, the stock market ceased, and rescue workers found themselves defending their own lives.

Fortunately, several things also went right that day. Our leadership remained safe, our government functioned, the military performed effectively, and people throughout the world came to our aid. But the moment of horror left us all more than a little shaken. Our sense of security had taken a blow. And it’s amazing how quickly our world had changed.

Suddenly, everyone from news anchors to school children were offering up prayers for the victims and their families. And for a few days, our President didn’t receive criticism for using the word God. Churches were full and ministers worked overtime to respond to those in need. When all else failed, people turned to God. Some came in anger and some in confusion, but most out of a cry for help.

It all boils down to an issue of trust. Who, or what, do you run to when the going gets tough?

As we proudly think of how far we have come in such a short period of time, it’s easy to rely too heavily on gadgets and systems. Our trust is often misplaced when we depend more heavily on human knowledge than in our Creator. Yet God is jealous.

He has helped us develop the many comforts of modern life, but He does not want them to become a substitute. What will it take to get your attention? God longs for us to come to Him every day. Don’t wait until you are forced out of your comfort zone to lean on God—start building that relationship of trust now!


Lord, help me to trust You with my very life right now. Help me to keep my eyes fixed on You and Your plans. Amen.

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11 days ago
Psalm 46:10 KJV Bible. “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” God is saying that those who don't know Him will exalt Him once they see a demonstration of His power.
2 years ago
Thank You Father God for always being there for us 24/7. In these days of uncertainty we can always depend on You. You are with us during these days, week's and months of this coronavirus.outbreak. People are suffering and people are dying. No one can be cetain they will not get the virus, but we have an ever loving Father we can pray to and ask for His Devine love for usto keep us healthy and to help others if we can. We can pray for the supplies, equipment and medical personnel's expertise needed to fight this outbreak.

As in 9/11 we can be strong and trust God to take care of this virus too. Be sure to also pray for all countries that have been hit with this virus. Thank you all for your prayers. God bless you all.
2 years ago
This devotional is so pertinent right now. Praying for our leaders, Governmental and Spiritual, for the afflicted patients and their families, medical professionals, first responders, our military, and for the ministries. I pray that this will open up people's eyes, hearts and minds to our Lord and His great love for us, and surrender our hearts, souls and lives to Him. Salvation is only from the Lord. If you are His, you have everything, if you aren't Yet, you have nothing of any eternal value. Praise our Lord! God Bless you. 🙏🙏
2 years ago
We should not think proudly of how far we have come; we should humbly thank God for how far we have come through His grace and blessings.
2 years ago
When the storm hits , either you are planted on the rock...or shifting sand. Do we seek only relief from fear and anxiety , or do we surrender to Gods transforming hand. Whatever it takes Lord...I am all in. No turning back!
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