While reading and watching the news, I asked the same question I’m sure millions of people were and are asking now: Why, God? Why do these things happen? How are we supposed to swallow these things? Seriously, what is going on with the world?
There are people killing others unmercifully, terrorists all over the world, tragedies caused by ourselves and the attention we’ve not been paying to nature, I could go on and on…
And while I don’t have the answer to those recurring questions, I do strive to have a renewed hope … hope in our Father. In these times when things seem out of control, we know that our God has got it all covered. I know it’s not easy… not at all, but we still have Him to lay our fears, sadness, doubts, etc. down.
There’s one thing I’m 100% sure of. All the people who have died in these tragedies are now enjoying in His presence, His joy, His smile, His perfect, never-ending love.
It made me think of something I read once…. What if God is keeping some of His children (those He has called into His presence) safe from worse things that are happening and will happen in this World, that is now so far from Him and His purposes? (We have been warned, remember? – 2 Timothy 3: 1-5, Matthew 24: 6-8).
I’m not asking you to see tragedies like these – or of any kind – as something good and positive but since we are the ones left here to feel the pain, sorrow, anguish, and more…, why don’t we take some time to think of the hope we have in Him? Ask God to remind us of all the amazing things He has promised to us, ask Him to renew our hope and be certain that one day we will too enjoy His never-failing love and blessings, right next to Him.
I pray that all the families and people who have suffered so much as a result of these fatal tragedies find His grace and hope. That they are reminded by the Lord himself that they can
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
Just as I am 100% certain that tragedies are not the purpose or will of God for our lives, I know that He wants us to grow in our faith and in our relationship with Him.
Today I would like to ask you to take some time with the Lord and pray for Him to help us – everybody -, to encourage His people and people all over the world, to intercede for those who don’t know Him or simply don’t want to. To be the light He has called us to be. To make His light glow and shine through us, and most of all, to help us fix our eyes on Him through every situation so others can have a renewed hope in the One whose Name is above all names. Just like you and I do.
I hope this post has helped you to encourage others who have suffered from any kind of tragedy and loss.
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