Doesn’t life often seem full of tragedy? I know I have my fair share of tragic moments, my mother died with I was 18, I have had health problems, I lost an eye due to a botched surgery by the VA, There is a chance at some time in a person’s life they will have something go wrong and they consider a tragedy? The most frequent questions I am asked are what causes tragedy? Is it God? Does God send tragedy to us?
Let’s look at the first question, what does cause tragedy. In the old days, there were many who thought that if you experienced tragedy it might have been caused by a sin of your ancestors. In John chapter 9 verses 1-3 – It’s the story of the blind man – “As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” In other words, yes, God did permit this to happen. Yes, it is sad that the man went through so much of his life sightless. When Jesus cured him, it helped to display the power of the Lord and His ability to heal. Even though my eyesight wasn’t restored by a miracle, what I went through gave a new appreciation for the gifts I have. I can now relate to those who are experiencing a tragedy, or other misfortune. Do we sometimes cause our own tragedies?
Yes we often cause our own tragedies, because of our decision. In the Gospel of Luke chapter 13 verses1-3, we find, “Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And Jesus said to them, ‘Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.’” We often do wonder why this or that happens to people, especially ourselves. The reality is we know the things that can cause us harm. If we smoke, if we drink too much, if we drive to fast, if we drive drunk, these are all actions that we take that can cause a tragedy either in our life or the lives of others. Hiking in bear country and trying to take a selfie with a bear, you likely will suffer a tragedy. If you are driving and then send a text to a friend, you are inviting trouble.
Some tragedies though are not an individual’s fault. We had a massive rainstorm that caused extreme flooding, some folks lost their homes, some lost their lives. Tornadoes destroy towns, earthquakes that take thousands of lives, these are natural disasters and no single individual is responsible. Now God did design this planet and those storms are part of the design, we sometimes make them worse by our selection of were we build and so forth and that is what I talk about in part 2 of the messages on tragedy.
If you are worried and undergoing a trial, say a quick prayer, “Dear Lord Jesus, please send the Holy Spirit into my life to help me understand and deal with my situation. Amen.” Until next time, remember, God loves you and wants to help, just ask him.. God bless and peace y’all
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