When The Inevitable Strikes.
Humankind has spent ages trying to answer the question, why do we suffer? Some ask: why do the good suffer with the bad? Others: if God is a loving God, why does He allow evil, tragedy and suffering? Inherent in these questions is our personal experience with pain and suffering.
Amidst the plethora of discussion regarding this age old issue, including free agency, and our “fallen” condition, I offer a word of hope from James 1:1-8.
1. Apply joy to your time of tragedy because God shows up in your difficulty to build your character (vs. 2-3).
2. Allow God the space to work in your difficulty. He will matures you (v. 4).
3. Ask God for His perspective regarding your circumstances, and how you should respond to Him and others (vs. 5-8).
Christians, when the inevitable becomes your reality, you can visit the age old questions, but don’t get stuck there. Pursue experiencing how the fiery furnace of life circumstances deepens your love relationship with God.
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.