Midlife Chapter 5:  Midlife Crisis – An Old Problem with a New Name

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Today, everyone is familiar with the term “midlife crisis.”  But that’s only because the term is trending today.  No one used that term hundreds of years ago even though the same problem was just as real back then.  And so, let’s confirm that this crisis is just an old problem with a new name.

To put it into perspective, the term “midlife crisis” is only about 50 years old.  But the history of man’s problems is much older that!  Long before this modern label was attached, the middle-ager was experiencing similar breakdowns in life and faith.  And so, King Solomon declared, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9

All we are doing today is using modern language to describe ancient problems.  It’s what we do to communicate.  And so, we use terms like “being stuck in a rut,” “caught in a rat race,” “dead end job,” and “midlife crisis.”  But terminology will come and go.  New ones will take their place in the future.  But the same old problems will continue until Jesus comes.

This is exactly what the Scriptures say about our problems.  It says in 1 Corinthians 10:13a “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.” All human struggles are common through all history.  Consider the following list of crisis type problems that have always existed.

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