Finding God in the Midst of Tragedy

But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed…(1 Pe 4:13).  

This is going to be hard for me say, especially in light of recent events in our world and even in my present community, but God is working out something good through tragedy and uncertainty.

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Now, I understand that when I say that there are stories and real lives attached to that reality.  I get that.  I’m not dismissing your pain, confusion, anger or fear, but what I’m telling you is that there’s something bigger going on behind the scenes in light of all the uncertainty in our world today.

I’ve been there in such deep, dark places of loss in my life where I wondered where God was and questioned His goodness.  Is God punishing me, I asked?  No, He was preparing me.  Preparing me for a better day.  A day when I would see Him face to face.  A day when He would wipe every tear from my eye and remove all fear and uncertainty from my heart for all eternity.

As we wait for that day, beloved, we can live with hope.  Hope that God is working.  Hope that although life might disappoint us there is a rock that stands firm forever.  The Lord Jesus Christ.

In those dark seasons in life, I had to learn to let God write a different story on my heart and mind.  I had to stop asking the question of, “Why God?” Instead, I got back to the question of, “Who is God?”  And although my answer to that questions didn’t feel great in light of my circumstances, what I knew about God had to become what I rested my hope upon.  That He is good, gracious, loving, redemptive and kind.

Lord Jesus, thank you for showering us with grace.  Help me to live with hope.  Truly, you offer that for me.  I want to live in light of who you are, believing you for great things, in Jesus name, Amen.  

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