2017 was a rough year for many who were directly affected by the tragedies that struck throughout the year, as well as for all of us who mourned and prayed for them. 2018 hasn't started off well either. The shootings, hurricanes, typhoons, wildfires, earthquakes left many dead, injured and asking the universe, "why did this have to happen?"
For many, including God-fearing Christians, it's hard to answer that question. Really, only one answer works, and it's still hard to swallow...God is God and He is in control.
Even harder to take in is the thought that God "allowed" it to happen. A more truthful, Biblical answer is that God knew it was going to happen and allowed it to fulfill His grander purpose during these "end days" (Mark 13:24-27; Ephesians 1:11; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; Rev. 11:18).
I wrote the song called, "Triumph and Tragedy" out of this hard-to-swallow pill that Job in the Bible took a lot easier than most of us could after losing everything. He "fell on the ground and worshiped." And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:20-22)."
Did you catch that? Job worshipped God after he lost it all. Later, Job was stricken with sickness and his friends ridiculed him. Still, Job realized that no one can mess up God's plans and He was still in charge (Job 42:1).
And there's good news that we can take from Job's story. Triumph can follow after tragedy has struck our world. Take a look at the heroes who have rushed in after shootings, those who have saved lives, those who have rallied people to help restore life, and all the times God touched lives through others and brought new purposes for living when all seemed lost.
The radio station, KLOVE, used to always say last year that even in the midst of tragedy, triumph and hope arises in all of us. Mister Rogers said it too!
There can be hope in God's wonders that when tragedy strikes our world, God is aware and He brings about His ultimate purpose, calling those who will come to know His Son Jesus, who has come to "take away the sins of the world" and bring eternal life to those who'll believe (John 1:29; 3:16).
"Triumph and Tragedy" touts that even though we want to question God on many things in this world, sometimes all we can do is praise His name anyway and know "Thy Will be done (Matt. 6:10)."
P.S....After Job's life was turned upside down, God restored everything in double (Job 42:10-15). We have to believe that the same can happen for us; because He is God. And if it doesn't, well, He is God. Still His Name be praised.
The ultimate triumph comes as God's purpose is fulfilled until the end of times.
"Cause in this life, triumph comes out of tragedy."
Blessings, Kevin Ray
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