Trials & Tragedies

1Peter 4:12,13 – “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”

Bad things happen to good people.

We have heard that saying multiple times over. Most of the time, people attempt to use it as a balm to ease away the pain of tragedy. We wonder why. Why did this have to happen? What has he done to bring this upon himself? What sin has gone on in his life that has brought this on?

We think that tragedy and trials are the result of something we have done. And sometimes that may be the case. But oftentimes, the catalyst for our suffering is something to bring glory to God. Remember the blind man that Jesus healed on the Sabbath? The Pharisees were outraged. Not that this man had been healed but that his healing occurred on the Sabbath. Anyway, that is not the point. I digress. The point is this: the disciples had asked Jesus who had sinned in this man’s life to cause him to be blind. They assumed that this trial, this tragedy, was the result of sin. But lovingly “Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” (John 9:3)

Sometimes trials and tragedies are opportunities to show God at work in our life. We may not recognize it at the time, but looking back we can see Him working out situations, protecting us from harm or even how we may have touched someone else’s life along the way. We may never know what our trials in this life have meant to others. All we are asked to do is keep on truckin’ and doing what Jesus has asked us to do.

So remember, princess, we only suffer for a little while. But our hope, our peace, our joy, should be found in the fact that we are storing up treasures in heaven for our Savior. For without Him, we would probably all be hiding under a rock waiting for the storm to pass.

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