One Of The Rewards Of Christianity Is The Ability To Look At Tragedy In An Entirely Different Way

By: Amanda Mattingly 0 Comments   12/11/2012

Becoming a Christian was never a “safety net” for experiencing trouble. Hurt, disappointment, and even tragedy are all things that are guaranteed in this life. It is inevitable because our world is imperfect. It has been ever since the Garden of Eden.

But the miracle for us, as Christians, is that through our relationship with Christ and faith in God, we can experience hurt, disappointment, and tragedy in an entirely different way.

The same feelings of pain will always be there when something bad happens in our lives—we are human and those feelings are natural.

The difference is that the world tells us to hold on to these feelings of intense pain and even sometimes anger, instead of seeking God’s purpose in the midst of our circumstances. Warren Wiersbe’s BE COMITTED book on Ruth and Esther addresses this exact issue… how do we respond when trouble comes?

Wiersbe gives three different ways we can approach trouble.

We can;

  • endure it,
  • escape it,
  • or enlist it.

The world will tell us to either endure our troubles or do whatever is necessary to escape and forget them.

But when we simply learn to endure our troubles, they will never leave. There may be days where we are busy enough that we will be able to ignore how the circumstances that we have not dealt with are affecting our hearts and our daily lives. Then, other days they will consume our every minute.

Even if we can come to a point where we still make it through the day, our circumstances and troubles will linger over us always. If we don’t confront them and give them to the Lord, then they will continue to consume us.

Wiersbe explains it as trouble becoming the master of our lives, leading to bitterness toward God, toward others, and even toward the negative feelings we are having in our own hearts. This is living in bondage instead of living in the peace and freedom that we can receive from the Lord.

The world also tells us that we can simply escape our troubles when they come. The idea is that there is no reason to confront them when we can instead run from them and forget whatever is happening. Hiding from our troubles can sometimes seem like the easiest way out. But when we are busy looking for the quickest escape, we are missing whatever God wants to do in and through us while we are facing the circumstances we are currently in.

We Rely On Christ

Instead, we need to trust that God has us in our given situations for a reason and ask that He would reveal His purposes to us. God tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that He will never give us more or allow us to be tempted with more than we can handle. And he also promises to show us a way out. So we can trust that God is with us and has a specific purpose to work in us through our troubles.

1 Corinthians 10:13- “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

God has a divine purpose in everything that happens in our lives. Nothing ever comes as a surprise to Him. So instead of trying to escape our present circumstances or simply endure them and allow ourselves to become overtaken with bitterness, we should rely on Christ to show us His purposes.

Wiersbe says, “But if we learn to enlist our trials, they will become our servants instead of our masters and work for us; and God will work all things together for our good and His glory.” When we allow ourselves to view our troubles as something that God wants to use to change our hearts and work for good, we will have an entirely new perspective toward our trials.

Romans 8:28- “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

By turning to God, He will reveal to us more of Himself and His purposes through our circumstances. This doesn’t mean that all of our trials will go away. Some may actually be something we face for even a few months. But by committing to trusting in Christ, He will use our circumstances to change us and bring about good in a way that will glorify Him.  

God never promised that by following Him everything would be perfect and easy, but He did promise that He would be with us always and provide us with guidance through His Word.

There is a song by artist Meredith Andrews that always provides me with great encouragement.

Some of the lyrics said this:

“And every step, every breath, you are there…every tear, every cry, every prayer. In my heart, at my worst, when my world falls down…not for a moment will you forsake me. Even in the dark, even when it’s hard, you will never leave me.

After all, you are constant. After all, you are only good. After all, you are sovereign. Not for a moment will you forsake me.”

No matter what our circumstances are, God remains faithful. He never changes even when our situations do. So when trials enter our lives, place them in His hands and allow God to show more of who He is and what His purposes are.

In Mark 4:35-41, Jesus calms the storm on the sea where the disciples were. The waves were breaking against the boat, and Jesus calms with winds simply by saying “Quiet! Be Still!” God still has this same power in our lives today if we will simply allow Him to be the one to calm the storms raging in our lives, and instead, shape in us a character that is more like Him.

Romans 5:3-5-“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

It is our decision how we respond to the troubles that come into our lives, but God will never forsake us no matter how big the storm is.

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