Crisis Counseling Foundation

Crisis Counseling FoundationSorrow and suffering are unavoidable facts of life. but in our modern society they are so deeply feared that few of us ever think or talk seriously about them. We need a crisis counseling foundation to guide us.

Occasionally we may see someone show great faith in the face of severe trials, and yet never ask how that faith comes about.

Counselors dealing with crisis in the life of another need a crisis counseling foundation to base their counseling on. This foundation must be firm and unshakable.

What does this crisis counseling foundation look like?

 

What makes up this crisis counseling foundation  and why?

We will first need to define some terms that will be used and then apply them to our crisis counseling foundation.

The Providence of God

The Providence of God is the marvelous working of God by which all events and happenings in His universe accomplish the purpose He has in mind.[1]

It is helpful for the counselor to know in his heart that no matter how bleak the circumstances appear that God will use it for His purposes. If the counselor is confident and has hope he will be able to share that hope and confidence with counselee. This is the cornerstone of our crisis counseling foundation.

The Omnipotence of God

The Omnipotence of God is an attribute that God alone possesses and means that God is able to do all things that are proper objects of His power.[2]

He can do all things that do not conflict with His holy nature. God’s will is never frustrated. What he chooses to do, He accomplishes, for He has the ability to do it. He is able to change even our personality.

In Matthew 19:26 it says, “With man this is not possible, but with God all things are possible.”

Since God is all-powerful; He is able to help us and change us even when we can’t. Helping a counselee to see God’s power will build hope that God can make the changes that they are unable to make in their own strength. This builds upon God’s providence in our crisis counseling foundation.

The Omnipresence of God

The Omnipresence of God is an attribute that God alone possesses and means that God is not limited or subject to space. He cannot be localized at a particular point.[3]

There is no place He cannot be found. There is no place that we can go to find Him since he is not confined by location in any way.

In Psalm 139:7 is says, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?”

It is helpful to know this in order to share that God was present when the person entered into crisis. He is present now as they struggle with their crisis. He will be present in the future when they look back on this time.

Since God is always present he saw exactly what happened. He saw the unfairness of the crisis. He saw their pain and will be there throughout the healing process. This builds upon God’s omnipotence in our crisis counseling foundation.

The Omniscience of God

The Omniscience of God is an attribute that God alone possesses and means that at every moment of the divine life God knows all that is knowable at any given moment.[4]

God knows everything about everything. He sees things from eternity. He knows what we will do and think and has already taken that into account and made it part of His plan. We are completely transparent before God. He knows and sees us totally. He knows every truth; even those not yet discovered by mankind, since He is the creator of everything.

It is helpful to share with the counselee that God knows the reason He allowed this crisis to occur. God has many reasons He allows things. This builds upon God’s omnipresence in our crisis counseling foundation.

It is difficult for us to look at our crisis and see that God has a purpose. If we can help our counselee through the current issues and then be able to look at things through God’s eyes as they gain some perspective we will be able to lead them to a closer relationship with God, trusting Him for all their needs.

Sovereignty of God

Sovereignty of God refers to the fact that God is in control. He does whatever He pleases and determines whether we can do what we have planned.[5]

He has the right to do as He pleases. This implies that there is no external influence upon Him and that He also has the ability to exercise His power and control according to His will.

In Lamentations 3:37 it says, “Who can speak and it happens if the Lord has not decreed it?”

When we as counselors see things from the perspective of God’s sovereignty we will be able to have patience and hope when the circumstances seem hopeless. If God is in control we do not need to be in control.

We can allow Him to do what He has purposed. With this in mind we will have the foundation necessary to share our hope with those who are in crisis. This builds upon God’s omniscience in our crisis counseling foundation.

These concepts provide the crisis counseling foundation and help us to counsel those in crisis. Suffering will happen to each and every one of us. Suffering is involved in most crises that we encounter.

Behind a Frowning ProvidenceThe booklet “Behind a Frowning Providence” is an excellent, in depth look at the issue of suffering and the way that God uses suffering to accomplish His purposes.

These attributes of God; omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, His providence and His sovereignty are integral to understanding suffering and helping others who are suffering to understand what they are experiencing.

There are times that we can point to the cause of crisis and suffering and help to lead the one in crisis to make the necessary corrections.

There are times that no matter how much time and effort are expended there appears to be no reason for the crisis or the suffering.

The suffering of Job comes to mind.

In these cases understanding the attributes of God cited above will help us to provide hope, when things look hopeless. God does what He does for His reasons. He allows what happens to us for His reasons and purposes.

To look to God for hope and comfort when circumstances look bleak can build our faith and trust in the Almighty God. To lead another who is in crisis to look to God for comfort and hope we will need more than mere words.

We need the in depth understanding Of God through these attributes. We need this firm foundation to build all that we do with another in crisis.

[1] John J Murray, Behind a Frowning Providence (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust) page 9

[2] Millard J. Erickson, Christian Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic) page 302

[3] Millard J. Erickson, Christian Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic) page 299

[4] Millard J. Erickson, Christian Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic) page 306

[5] Jerry Bridges, Trusting God (Colorado Springs, CO: Navpress) page 36