in Times of Tragedy
By Vic Kohring, July 13, 2015
"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord
~ Psalm 20:7
Faith in God has enabled me to endure in times of personal crisis. Without faith and the comfort and peace of mind it brings, I can't imagine facing life's trials and tribulations,
especially after experiencing the tragedy of losing a cherished loved one who gave me meaning and a reason for living. My broken heart would be unbearable without God.
What's equally important to faith is trust. We must
trust that God makes the right decisions, even if they're not what we ask for in prayer. When your world is collapsing around you and you call out to God for mercy from the depths of your soul, know that He is still there and remains strong even if you don't
get the answers you seek.
Know that God does hear and bears our grief and pain. He stands by us and will never forsake us. Trusting Him gives us hope in an insane world that often makes no sense. When we're troubled, God gives us peace and
security. When weary, He gives us rest.
Why does God put us through fiery trials by sending disaster our way, especially Christians who believe and trust in Him? And why does He allow us to be devastated and suffer immeasurably over
the sudden and unexpected death of a loved one even though we cry out for help? We may never learn the answers in this life and therefore must accept that it's God's will, that He is all wise and merciful and that there's a purpose behind everything as part
of His divine plan.
God is able to use dreadful situations to bring about His plan as difficult as it may be to comprehend. But we are at His mercy, the one who created the universe and all life and who is unlimited in power and wisdom.
So God is in full control. This gives me comfort.
What gives me further comfort is the knowledge of the resurrection and being reunited with loved ones someday, another reason to stay strong and forge ahead in a place where our
paths are filled with much trouble and heart-wrenching pain. This knowledge alone should keep us going, even if we become disillusioned and would rather quit and give up. Ephesians 4:31-5:1 says we can set our difficulties aside and should reach out to help,
support and encourage one another.
Experiencing catastrophe makes Christians stronger, wiser and brings us closer to God as our faith is refined by fire. Our grief may at first hurt beyond measure, but in time, He heals our torn
hearts so we can rejoice in Him as we triumph over tragedy. So keep your faith and trust that God hears you and has a reason for His decisions that will ultimately make our lives better and bring us closer not only to Him but to people we love.
Accept God's will and rely on Him that He has a special plan for each of us. He knows our pain and suffering and shares our burdens. Lean on Him as a refuge and source of strength and remember He will always there for us in times of trouble
no matter how dire and insurmountable our problems may appear.
God's Word tells us, "The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him." God will not abandon us nor leave us alone when facing hardship.
He will wipe away every tear from our eyes.