|Tragedy Must Not Triumph
By Greg Sanders
Ephesians 4:1-3 In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences. (MSG)
When tragedy strikes your life, there is this immediate impulse to withdraw and give up on the plan that God has for your life. This response often comes whether the incident happens in your life or in the life of someone you love and respect. The apostle Paul’s life had been struck with a particular type of tragedy. He was put in prison for preaching about Jesus. If you do not think going to prison is a tragedy then I would assume you have not spent years of your life there like Paul. But in the middle of his imprisonment he sent this message to the followers of Jesus on how they should respond in the midst of these tragic conditions.
Tragedy must not triumph over God’s purpose. I can almost hear Paul saying, “Don’t allow what has happened to me be an excuse for you to not passionately pursue God’s plan for your life.” Don’t be so mortified by what happens around you that you are paralyzed in your journey with Christ. Remember that God can redeem any tragedy. Paul was wise enough to understand that though this leg of the journey was painful, God would use it in bringing about His perfect plan.
Today’s Challenge: Realize that tragedies are going to come to your life. People will disappoint you, persecution may come, and struggles will be in abundance. However, predetermine that none of these things will move you from allowing God to transform and use your life for His glory. God has strength for your journey and power for your day. Ask Him today to infuse you with His power as you journey ahead.
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