When life kicks you in the stomach …

mooreWhen we are horrified by tragedy, we often turn on God, blaming him for our pain and the brokenness of our world. But even Jesus, God in the flesh, suffered intense grief in the death of his friend Lazarus — yet Jesus turned to his Father, not with angry words, but in tears. (John 11:1-44) And God not only gave comfort and strength, but he also revealed his plan to bring glory out of grief and give joyous life where death had brought only sorrow.

Only God can give you the comfort you need in your sorrow and pain. Don’t blame him. Allow him to wrap his arms around you. Open your heart to the warmth of his comforting love. Trust him to bring good out of evil.

The Bible says God is able to make all things work together for good in the lives of those who love him and are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) When life knocks you down, turn to God in tears. Love God and let him love you back, then knuckle down and push through. Don’t give up, no matter how hard it gets. His comfort and strength will carry you.

And most importantly, look for God’s purpose in the suffering. It won’t be obvious at first, but God is up to something in this awful mess. If you trust him and let Jesus show you the way through the dark night, the light of dawn, when it comes, will bring great joy.

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About Mark Kelly

Jesus follower, Bible reader, husband/father/son/brother/uncle, rider, hiker, snapshooter
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