Times of Difficulty and Tragedy!

Commentary By:  Gordon King

Does it seem like life in this world is just not fair?  As if some people seem to have it easy in life while others struggle on a daily basis just to survive.  Why is it that there are people whose life just always seems to go their way, that they just don’t seem to have many significant problems or real tragedies?  Then there are those who fall victim to tragedy after tragedy, never really having any peace in their life. 

I don’t know about you but I sometimes wonder about these things.  I wonder why it is that many people just ease through life, without a care in the world, or at least not much to speak of.  Everything that they want or plan for just seems to work out, while other people struggle with surviving, having difficulties and hardships which can make it very difficult to face each day.

Perhaps those people who don’t seem to have any real problems just have a different perspective on life, yet I know of many who really don’t have much to worry about, in fact things seem to always go their way.  And I also know of people who struggle daily, they seem to have surmounting problems and difficulties one after another.

I find myself in the category of living through tragedies, and it seems one after another!  And I ask myself and God when is it ever going to stop?  It just doesn’t seem fair that I must continue to endure these hardships and tragedies, yet what is the alternative?

I cannot tell you why bad things always seem to happen to some people, nor why they don’t seem to with other people, that’s just the way it is.  But I do know God uses tragic events, hardships, and difficulties to bring us closer to Himself.  He uses these things to make us more like His Son, to sanctify us, to cleanse us of unrighteousness, and to give us more understanding of who He is.

Just as gold is refined in fire so are we as children of God.  When we endure these hardships we are being purified through fire, testing and building our faith, and removing sin in our lives, this is one way that I know of in which God does these things.  Then why don’t all believers go through these things?  I don’t know, and I don’t know that they don’t either.

I do know that if we live long enough then all of us will endure pain and tragedy, that we will all lose loved ones, that we will encounter problems in our lives, this is certain.  But what is uncertain is just how much pain and tragedy other people actually have.

I also know that not only believers will suffer pain and tragedy, that even unbelievers go through these things.  Why?  I believe it is so they turn to God, so that they seek the truth and turn from their sinful ways.

Even though we may suffer in this life, it is only for a short while.  And while we endure such things we must choose to do what is right, we must seek God in all things.  If we try to do it on our own then we are doomed for failure, yet with God all things are possible.

We must remember that Jesus Christ died on the cross for us, that He took all of our sins upon Himself, He became sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:21

“God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Jesus Christ suffered for us, He died for us, He gave all for us so that we might have peace.  Even though we suffer in this life, Christ came to give us peace, not only in eternity but now!  We can have peace when we place our trust and faith in Jesus Christ, a peace with surpasses all understanding.

Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

We are not to worry about anything, but to pray to God and give Him thanks, then He will give us His peace, a peace which surpasses all understanding, a peace which will guard our hearts and our minds!

This is the answer folks, this is how we can endure such trials, hardships, and tragedies in our lives.  This is how we can overcome the darkness, how we can stand firm and tall when the chips are down, when we find that there is no where else to turn.

Jesus Christ is the only one true answer to our problems in this life.  It is by placing our faith and trust in Him and Him only!  It is by turning our lives over to Him, giving Him our troubles and our problems, releasing them to Him and allowing Him to deal with them.

1 Peter 5:6-7

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

The good Lord understands our troubles, He knows our pain and suffering, and He tells us to turn it all over to Him so that He can help us to deal with it all!  He cares for us, He wants to help us in our times of need, He wants to help us all of the time.

I know that in my own life if I did not seek the Lord during my times of difficulties then things would be a lot worse, that I may not even be around anymore.  I know that I could not have endured such things if I did not turn it over to God, that Jesus Christ has taken my cares upon Himself, that He is with me, and that He is working for me.  He has given me His peace, a true peace and comfort which only He can.  I have endured many years of tragedies, and I could not have done it with out Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior!  He has been at my side the whole time.

We can go through hard times, but we can have peace when God is with us!

Turn your life over to Jesus Christ and allow Him to give you His peace!

God bless my friends!  Maranatha!

7 thoughts on “Times of Difficulty and Tragedy!

  1. Thanks for sharing Gordon, It helps me in my own suffering to know how you are dealing
    with suffering and tragedies,
    Maranatha!!!
    Ethin

  2. You are most welcome Ethin!

    This is the main thing that I do, rely on God, turning it all over to Him. Yet, I also ask fellow believers to pray for me in specific situations and areas of my life, this also helps. I am not the type of person to go around talking about all of the bad things happening in my life, so asking others to pray for me is often a difficult thing to do.

    I hope and pray that you are well brother!

    God bless! Maranatha!

  3. I was blessed when I read this and thought I would share the following as it fits in well with what you have posted Gordon.

    Refining Silver
    Some time ago, a few ladies met in a certain city to read the scriptures, and make them the subject of conversation. While reading the third chapter of Malachi they came upon a remarkable expression in the third verse: “And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” One lady’s opinion was that is was intended to convey the view of the sanctifying influence of the grace of Christ. Then she proposed to visit a silversmith and report to them what he said on the subject.
    She went accordingly and without telling the object of her errand, begged to know the process of refining silver, which he fully described to her. “But Sir” she said, “do you sit while the work of refining is going on?” “Oh, yes, madam,” replied the silversmith; “I must sit with my eye steadily fixed on the furnace, for if the time necessary for refining be exceeded in the slightest degree, the silver will be injured.”
    The lady at once saw the beauty, and comfort too, of the expression, “He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” Christ sees it needful to put His children into a furnace; His eye is steadily intent on the work of purifying, and His wisdom and love are both engaged in the best manner for them. Their trials do not come at random; “the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”
    As the lady was leaving the shop, the silversmith called her back, and said he had forgotten to mention that the only way that he knows when the process of purifying is complete when he sees his own image reflected in the silver….
    –Author Unknown

    God bless
    Maranatha!
    Christine

  4. Thanks for sharing Christine!

    That is awesome, and it so wonderfully illustrates how our heavenly Father purifies us to make us into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ!

    God bless! Maranatha!

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