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24th July

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When Tragedy Strikes. A few days ago, a young man who graduated in the same high school class as my son, passed away suddenly. The unimaginably to all who knew him and loved him. My heart aches for his grieving parents and brother especially. He was such a great kid with a whole future in front of him.

When this type of pain and tragedy happens many of us ask the question, “Why did God allow this?” There are no words to describe the anguish that many suffer over tragedies, and answers to important questions like the one above seem difficult to find.

We do not have an answer since we do not know God’s mind, or see things through His eyes. We are told in 1 Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” that all we know is “partial and incomplete,” with the promise that, as Believers, we will one day know everything completely.

God is merciful and loving. And even when He allows tragedy to enter our lives or the lives of those we care about and love, we should always find comfort in knowing that God is also grieving in our pain.

In times of tragedy, one of the most comforting verses of the Bible is the very shortest verse. It simply says in John 11:35 “Jesus wept.” Those two words remind us that our Savior isn’t a cold-hearted cosmic judge disconnected from our pain. He’s a loving Father and Friend who is walking with us and even carrying us through life’s most difficult pain. Jesus also said in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave thee, or forsake thee.”

If you’re going through a time of tragedy, please don’t lose hope. God is with you, He is for you and He will never leave your side. The arms of the universe are embracing you. He will carry you through.

Psalm 40:1 “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.”

 

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