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Tragedy or Triumph

Good things happen to bad people. Bad things happen to good people. This is sometimes the dichotomy we assume when we draw the line in the sand and witness the state of our world. Unfortunately, things aren’t always as simple as they seem.


For many around the world affected in more ways than one due to coronavirus, it has been physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually draining on communities and cultures to come to terms with the aftermath of the pandemic.


As a result, we all have questions as to why God would allow such things to happen.


It is interesting to note that there is a Scriptural example of someone affected by disease and illness who refused to blame God. The man Job was actually affected by sores from the top of his head to the soles of his feet, and was relegated to the depths of an ash heap to stop the spread. It is actually written that people avoided him to the extent that he was in isolation for several days, coping with his loss, alone from family and friends.


“Then Job sat on the ash-heap to show his sorrow. And while he was scraping his sores with a broken piece of pottery, his wife asked, “Why do you still trust God? Why don’t you curse him and die?”. Job replied, “Don’t talk like a fool! If we accept blessings from God, we must accept trouble as well.” In all that happened, Job never once said anything against God.

- Job 2:8-10 (CEV)

In other words, Job knew that trouble is not an aftereffect or result of our conduct, but rather, or our circumstances. We have no control over such situations, but we do have control of our actions.

Perhaps we can trust in the fact that, come tragedy or triumph, God is there.



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