It is hard to see the good when bad things happen. I have often turned to God in the middle of something tragic and asked Him, “Why?” I know God is always at work, but often I don’t understand the purpose of trials.
Paul reminds us in Phillipians 1:12-14 that our struggles and trials can serve the Kingdom of God. He wrote that being in prison actually helped the progress of the gospel; that his “imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else (verse 13).” Then he adds that because he’s in prison, because of Christ, the brethren “have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear (14).”
Tragedy and trials can stretch our faith, causing us to question God. Yet they can cause us to trust God and His purposes, to look for how tragic events can expose others to Jesus. It might be in ways we never expect or even in ways we never see, but we can trust in God’s sovereignty.
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Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. – James 1:2