When Tragedy Strikes

There are so many things in this world that I will never understand. I don’t understand hatred that runs so deep it leads to killing. I don’t understand how someone could brutally beat a child. I don’t understand undeserved suffering. I don’t understand unexpected death. But I’m not suppose to understand everything.

Because sin exists, suffering exists. And suffering is not just reserved for the hardhearted. It is experienced by those who bring it upon themselves and the most God-fearing saints alike. Tragedies are unavoidable while we dwell on this earth. Sometimes they are expected and other times they come out of nowhere. Both bring pain, but the shock and heartbreak that come with unexpected tragedy seem to cut deeper. Regardless, our response should always be the same.

When tragedy strikes, our response should be to trust in God and His plan. He sees far beyond what we can see. He goes before us, so He has already been where we are at. Though the tragedy may be incomprehensible to us, God knows the purpose for allowing it. Whether He reveals His purpose immediately or postpones it, we are to trust that His ways are best for us. And we are not to forget or belittle the resources God has provided for us during trying times. We are equipped with power. The power of God’s Word. The power of the Holy Spirit. The power of a body of believers offering support and encouragement. And in my personal experience the most powerful of them all, prayer.

The Lord says, “Ask, and it will be given to you” (Matthew 7:7). The problem isn’t that God doesn’t want to provide for our need. The problem is we don’t ask. Even when we do ask, we so often don’t ask confidently and expectantly. We are told in Hebrews 4:16 to “draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (emphasis added). When we bow our heads and approach God in prayer, we are to approach Him with confidence, knowing that He has the power to do anything we ask and will do according to His Will. Don’t ask God to help you and just hope that He does. Pray boldly and confidently, submitting your request to God and knowing that He will provide what is necessary during your time of need. Believe in Him and trust that He will answer your prayer according to what is best.

If you are experiencing a tragedy right now, seek God in prayer and let him heal your wounds. Draw near to Him with confidence and allow Him to fulfill your needs. If you have not experienced tragedy or suffering yet, prepare your hearts now and strengthen your faith so that when it does strike you will fall right in the arms of Jesus. Be a prayer warrior for others and when suffering comes your way you will be prepared to fight your battles on your knees.