Where is God in the face of tragedy?

June 30, 2017

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33


Our world has seen some horrible tragedies this year, from the terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom, to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, to the senseless killings going on in America’s streets.  Over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that when things go wrong, there are two kinds of people: those who panic and those who pray. I love what Corrie ten Boom used to say, “There’s no panic in heaven, only plans.” That means that even when we’re taken by surprise, God isn’t!


But what does that mean for us? Well, the fact that bad things will happen in life is a foregone conclusion. It’s the reality of the world in which we live as one of the many consequences of sin. Yet even when those bad things do happen, we can choose how we will react.


While many are fretting, not knowing how to cope with tragedy, God is still on the throne of the universe. And there’s absolutely nothing that happens outside of His divine purview. So we can either choose to go into panic mode, or we can look to Him in faith.


Now, you’re probably thinking that’s easy to say but hard to do in the midst of chaos. And you’d be right, because trusting God is impossible in our flesh. But when we allow His Spirit to do the work, we become capable of experiencing His supernatural peace – a peace beyond understanding – even in the direst of situations.


When tragedy strikes, look to the Spirit and trust your Father in heaven to find peace. He loves you and will never leave you alone!



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