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Fort Gibson

June 16, 2014

God can help with family crises

I really haven’t met anyone who hasn’t had some sort of family crisis. Sometimes it’s your fault, sometimes another person’s fault, and sometimes things just happen. Financial problems, death, divorce, conflict. It’s just part of life in a broken world. The question is not really “Will I experience a crisis?” But rather, “What kind of crises will I experience in my life, and how will I get through the hard times?”

In 2 Kings 11-12 we’re told about a baby boy named Joash whose father was the wicked king Ahaziah. In fact, the king was so wicked he was killed after only a year on the throne. Then, in a successful takeover attempt to become the ruling queen of the land for the next six years, Ahaziah’s mother, Athaliah, began to have the rest of the royal family killed. She succeeded with one exception, baby Joash, whose aunt hid him away until he was 7 years old. Long story short? The people thought Queen Athaliah was too much of a tyrant, so the 7-year-old Joash was revealed as the rightful heir to the throne.   

At first, it would appear that Joash had the cards stacked against him. The hand he was dealt in life meant he lived his first seven years in hiding as a fugitive from his power-hungry murderous grandmother, who would have killed Joash had she known of his existence.

The fact that Joash became king at such an early age was another problem. But he accepted the challenge.   That’s one of the great things about youth, isn’t it? The word “can’t” is not really in your vocabulary. And in Joash’s case, he had the support of the people who had been through all of the evil leadership they could stomach. But still, how did he do it? 2 Kings 12:2 says, “Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him.” Joash reigned in Jerusalem for the next 40 years with help from his Godly mentor Jehoiada the priest. Stories like these must have been on the apostle Paul’s mind when he instructed young Timothy to not let his youth stand in the way of his calling as a minister of the Gospel (1 Timothy 4:12).

Sometimes, the crises of life can seem more than a little overwhelming no matter if we are young, old, or in between. It is important for us to remember to pray to God with the right motives (James 4:3). But we must keep in mind that God has a plan. And whether you find yourself in pleasant circumstances or challenging ones, God can help you work through it all. We Christians must learn to live up to our name. As followers of Christ, we must have faith and confidence that God goes with us into every spiritual battle. There is no spiritual challenge that God has not helped His believers defeat in the past. The same promise of God’s devotion to us holds true in the present and future. Have a blessed week!

Reach Barrett Vanlandingham at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ at (918) 478-2222 or

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