There Are No Tragedies

The bottom-line assumption for anyone who believes in the God of providence is that ultimately there are no tragedies. God has promised that all things that happen—all pain, all suffering, all tragedies—are but for a moment, and that He works in and through these events for the good of those who love Him. That’s why the apostle Paul said that the pain, the suffering, the affliction that we bear in this world isn’t worthy to be compared, isn’t worthy to be mentioned in the same breath, with the glory and the blessedness that God has stored up for His people.

R.C. Sproul

Posted July 22, 2011 by The Spillover

5 Responses to “There Are No Tragedies”

  1. Great quote by Sproul and good reminder for all of us, coz living life in a way that’s congruent with this truth can be, uhhh..challenging?! Thx, Adam! My mind also went to 1 Peter 1. Writing to dispersed believers who are facing some serious struggles, Peter’s inspired by God to tell them this: “6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” (New Living Trans.) So, if genuine faith is revealed by the “fire” of trial, and if as Christ-followers we want our faith to be genuine, doesn’t it kinda mean that we should embrace trial/struggle/pain/suffering, rather than run from it (them)????

    • Thanks for your input, Pastor! This has been on my mind a lot lately. The idea of *embracing* struggles is so foreign to human nature and only possible with the help of the Spirit. But the more I think/read/pray on it, the more it seems that embracing struggles/pain/suffering is an extremely potent way of glorifying God in one’s life.

      Matthew 16:24 has been on my mind a lot lately…

      “If *anyone* would come after me, he must *deny himself* and take up his cross and follow me.”

      I look at my life and ask myself, in what way am I denying myself daily? How am I taking up my cross? I feel like God is moving me to act on these thoughts.

  2. Yeah, Adam? That’s cool, man, that you’re wrestling. Because it’s so unpalatable, this is one of those biblical concepts that’s super easy to keep at just that level…conceptual. But if His Word is Truth (it is), I can’t leave it at that level, right? Action’s gotta follow. And if it doesn’t….??? To stay in the Matthew 16 vibe, is *anyone* else out there dealing with God’s call to this self-denying, cross-carrying Christ following???

  3. We just finished studying 1Peter in my WOW Bible Study, and it truly does address this issue so directly. Kay Arthur added that a core idea of the book is that “faith is not faith until it is tested.” Like, will you hold tight to the saving grace of God when times are tragic? And if so, rejoice, because you have been given an opportunity to glorify the Father! SO against our natural way of thinking. Good thing we have old Holy Spirit to help us out with going against the grain. 😉 Still, I fall short all the time…

  4. “But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” -1 Peter 4:13

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