Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
The bible is filled with wonderful promises of hope and salvation. It is also full of stories of tragedy and misfortune. As Solomon wrote “there truly is nothing new under the sun.” When we read our bibles it becomes very clear that the triumphs and tragedies of the people contained within its pages are not so very different than our own. Let’s see what we can glean from the lessons of the saints of old and remember these very important timeless truths.
You may never know why tragedy strikes.
Job was perfect and upright yet still tragedy struck his life. He lost his wealth, family and even his health. Even though Job continually asked why; he was never given a divine explanation. One thing is certain: “Man is born into trouble, as sparks fly upward. (Job 5:7) Do not be quick to blame yourself or others when something seems to go wrong. Often there are no easy answers.
God is able to bring good out of every situation.
Stephen was stoned to death because of his Christian witness. The man holding the cloaks of those doing the stoning was Saul, who soon afterwards was confronted by the risen Christ and became known as the great Apostle Paul. God can change even the hardest of hearts to be his faithful servants. Joseph was mistreated by his brothers and sold into slavery, yet years later was able to save his family and many others from a severe famine. Take note of what Joseph told his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Although “wicked hands” crucified Christ it was part of God’s plan for infinite good. We can be certain that; “All things work together for good to them that love God.” (Romans 8:28)
Be confident that, with God’s help, you can handle any problem.