We live in a fallen world. Because of the sin of man, we will have tragedy; we will have troubles; we will grieve; we will have sickness; we will have pain; we will experience disasters. Matthew 5:45 tells us, “… He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
The past few months have been difficult. More than ever, people are hurting and in need. I see it on a daily basis and my heart breaks for so many. I only have to flip through a few news channels to see even more pain nationally and internationally. The times we live in are hard and challenging; but the key to getting through it all is knowing who holds the times.
How then do you cope with tragedy? Here are some steps to help you endure:
1. Know and understand God is still God
2. Know and understand evil befalls everyone
3. Live daily knowing life is short and fragile
4. Prepare daily to meet God personally
5. Love those around you and reach out to them in the middle of the tragedy
The most important step to remember, God is our strength. He is our rock, our help, our guide, and our source. When we feel His lack of presence, know He is there – always.
Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Deuteronomy 31:8, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Psalm 27:1, “The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”