“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33
The recent horrendous earthquake in Turkey with its thousands of deaths is too much for most of us to comprehend. We want to do something to help, but the enormity of the destruction and the distance that separates us from it can make us numb to the reality of the individual human cost.
Tragic events such as this can also make us look for explanations. We want to make sense of it all We want to know how to respond.
I believe that God is loving, just, and also in control, so even tragedies somehow fit into His plan.
I also believe that sometimes he uses individuals to bring about his will and that when we are not attuned to his leading we deny ourselves blessings. God’s Will most definitely will be done regardless of any human intervention, but he wants us to share in his perfect plan and experience every joy he has for us.
When I hear about tragedies with so much pain and loss, I wonder how to respond. How can God use me? How can he use you?
We can pray for comfort and strength for the survivors. We can donate to funds to help the victims and families. And we can take every opportunity to influence the people in our own life with kindness and respect.
I truly believe that God is in control in this world and I do not need to insist on understanding how everything works together for good in order to be used by him to fulfill his plans.
I cannot defeat evil and bring peace and justice to the whole world, but I can do whatever I am able to do. I can do the next right thing.
To do what is right and justProverbs 21:3
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.