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4 Things to Remember When Tragedy Strikes


God is good – God is not the author of evil. He is good (Matt. 19:17). He blesses both saints and sinners (Matt. 5:45). All good things come from God (James 1:17). He desires nothing but good for His creation. When bad things happen in this world, they are not God’s doing. Evil does not come from God. It has another source. When tragedy strikes, we should not blame God, but instead turn to Him because He can bring healing and hope to the most awful situations.

We are not alone – When tragedy strikes, many people want to search for answers. They want to rationalize why such a thing would happen. They want to offer explanations no matter if they are right or wrong. Jesus did none of these things. He entered into our brokenness to walk beside us. He was tempted and tried just as we are (Heb. 4:15). He endured the horrors of the cross. He was beaten, cursed, and spat upon. No matter what tragedy we face in life, we can rest assured that Jesus cares and He is right beside us. He wants us to know that we are not alone.

Lament and sorrow are a natural response – The book of Psalms contains many lament psalms because this is a natural response to tragedy. If we do not lament because of the evil in our world, then there is something wrong with us. If we do not weep for the fallenness all around us, then we do not see things as God does. Jesus wept (John 11:35). In the book of Jeremiah, God weeps for His people. Mourning because you have felt the effects of tragedy, loss, or evil is something all Christians should do. When we experience tragedy sorrow is a perfectly healthy response. In fact, it should be our faithful response as Christians who yearn for the return of Jesus.

Good things can come – The first response to tragedy should always be lament. We should always allow plenty of time to mourn and grieve before we ever begin to offer an explanation or look for a silver lining. Once we have grieved, we can then look to God to do something good with the awful situation we find ourselves in. God is not responsible for the evil inflicted on us or the world, but He can make good things come from it. Paul writes, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God” (Rom. 8:28). The trials we face in life may never seem like a blessing, but they are able to help shape us into the image of Jesus (James 1:2-4).

3 Responses to “4 Things to Remember When Tragedy Strikes”

  1. Excellent post! Thank you!

  2. Very well said!. Keep on keeping on!. God Bless…

  3. Great post, great reminder! I prayed in the wake of recent tragedies… I believe you would enjoy reading it. I always suggest my readers to PRAY the words I have written. Every prayer we send up to our Lord, is one prayer closer to a world by which we all live according to God’s will! Need a little extra prayer in your life? Submit a prayer request, and I will be delighted to pray for you! God Bless!

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