Handling Midlife Crisis as a Christian

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Text John 16:33, 1 John 4:4

Let’s look at the definition of “Crisis”. It is defined as an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty or crucial stage or turning point in the course of something by the Advanced English Dictionary. A crisis season is a season of tribulation, trials, trouble, temptation and challenges. It is sometimes referred to as the night season. Having studied life for centuries, man has observed that middle age individuals of about 45 and 55, people usually experience what can be called a dark moment of inescapable barrage of problems they can’t explain and this is termed “midlife crisis”. This is a time of transition characterized by loss of confidence, anxiety and disappointments.  

Biblical Facts about Crisis.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Three key things are worthy of note here. The first thing is, the world promises tribulation, crisis. The second thing is Jesus overcame all tribulations even before they started and He has ensured our peace. Lastly; “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3-4). The evil purpose of tribulation is to steal our peace but God turns it for good and instead of coming out defeated, we come out strong and transformed. 

God promises a way out of every tribulation; “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (Corinthians 10:13). He also promises us victory; “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

Handling Midlife Crisis.

Trust God. Have faith in God and His promises. God is always watching over his words to see that they come to pass (Jeremiah 1:12). He never lies; “God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”(Numbers 23:19).

Stay on the word. The word of God will provide you inner strength and support. This is one of the best times to learn if you are sensitive. There is light at the end of the tunnel you need to gather the much wisdom and training you will need on the other side. Make sure you are wrestling like Jacob did when he was in  crisis and we fight with God’s word; “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds” ( 2 Corinthians 10:4).

Guard your mind. Refuse to believe that this is a dead end instead chose to stand on God’s word and promise of victory. Chose to see the ongoing transformation instead of the details of the trial. Trust God and give thanks always (1 Thessalonians 5:18). 

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