In our lives as human beings, tragedy is simply inevitable.
No man who has ever lived on earth has ever gone through life completely without experiencing at least one really bad day.
Just as this was true for even Jesus Christ, it is also true for us.
However, despite this unavoidable facet of the human experience, because there is a God that loves and cares for us throughout every moment of our lives, there will always be a way to overcome the pain of tragedy.
Whether it’s by surrounding ourselves with sympathetic believers or pouring our hearts out to God with total vulnerability, there are many effective means of resisting the pain that the tragic events in our lives can create.
Yet one of the most effective tools that we can use to effectively combat and destroy the grip of tragedy in our lives completely is simply the tool of truth.
With truth on our side, we are able to accept and learn from the bad experiences of our pasts and reap the rewards in our brighter futures.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
One of the key necessities of utilizing truth to overcome hardship is first and foremost the development of the willingness to accept the tragic events in our lives for what they are rather than try to pretend that they never happened.
Whether we like it or not, every even that we have ever experienced in our lives has become apart of us in some way.
Just as the fond memories of childhood friendships and tender moments with our families help us see and experience the world around us through a perception of love and affection, our unfond memories of childhood bullies or harsh arguments with our parents cause us to experience life with realism and consequence.
The experiences that we have in our lives affect who we are and, because of that reality, it’s to our benefit to pay attention to the experiences we don’t like in our lives just as much as we would pay attention to the ones we do like.
We ought to do this because, with the ability to be comfortable while thinking back on some of the more unpleasant moments of our lives, we can begin to learn from them.
In the reflection of past suffering with the intent to find knowledge, wisdom is created.
When we run away from the bad things that we’ve been through in our lives, we are effectively running away from the wisdom that we need to have to be the people that God would have us to be.
The advantage of being able to reflect on our bad experiences with humility and a desire to learn is that in the state of no longer being held down by your past, you are free to live for the future.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
An innate feature of the human experience is the process of suffering, learning from suffering, and eventually living a better from what we have learned.
In almost every bad or tragic experience that we will ever have in our lives, there is just as much of a lesson to be learned as there is a message that God is trying to give us.
Perhaps the lesson of avoiding certain types of people comes coupled with God’s message of befriending other types of people that he has intentionally placed in our lives.
Perhaps the lesson of evading serious last-minute circumstances comes coupled with God’s message of proactively working with to best of our ability in all things.
Perhaps the lesson of the frailty of human life comes coupled with God’s message of life beyond death and of the evidence of hope even in our moments of despair.
Though it’s natural and understandable to feel upset with the reality of certain types of bad experiences when we turn from the knowledge and wisdom that lies within them, we transform these moments of potential growth and closeness to God into baggage and burdens that will drag us down for the rest of our lives.
With every experience we have in our lives, we become weak or we become strong.
Therefore by renewing our minds in the wisdom and righteousness of Jesus Christ, the experiences that threaten to destroy us instead become stepping stones to riches and treasures of heaven itself.
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
1 John 5:4
God allows us to experience pain in our lives not to hurt us for no apparent reason but rather because he knows that in our overcoming of pain and grief, we become more like the individuals he created us to be.
We are overcomers.
God didn’t create us to be held back by the tragic experiences of our pasts.
God created us to be strong and resilient towards the evils that life has thrown at us yet thankful and joyful for the goodness that is yet to come.
Whatever tragic experience that we carry with us day by day, we were not meant to live with that pain for the rest of our lives.
Let us see ourselves living a life free of the burdens of our past experiences and through our devotion to God, let us take hold of that life.
Let us live that life because it is the life that he has created each and every one of us to live and let us live that life it because, whether we know it or not, it’s a life that we are capable of living.
Life is too short to be lived with the chains of fear and despair.
There is a life where the fears and pains that have left us wounded and scarred for so long have at last been washed away completely through the blood of Jesus Christ leaving us ready and willing to enjoy our time on earth to it very fullest.
Fear has no power over you.
Live in that truth and find peace.
This is 30 Days of Growth: Day 27
As Alwasys Thanks for Reading.