If you have been paying attention to your surroundings for any amount of time you know that disaster is inevitable. The type of disaster varies, it could be a natural disaster, a family disaster, a societal disaster, or a financial disaster. We can try to control these situations and sometimes temporarily control them but for the most part, they are out of our control. So what do we do when we are in the face of disaster? If it’s inevitable, what’s the point of moving forward?
The truth is disaster hurts. If anyone were to tell you different they would be lying. When disaster strikes it can sometimes leave us close to paralyzed. We initially feel as though there is no hope. It may take days, months, or even years after the disaster to heal. The suffering that comes with disaster seems to be impossible to escape. This leaves us searching for relief in all of the wrong places. We begin to seek acceptance, we want to numb the pain, we want to drown out the silence. By the time the disaster is over, we are someone we ourselves don’t even recognize. Becuase of this disaster, there is now a trail of tears, broken hearts, and a sharp feeling of loneliness. Is there an end to this unbearable struggle?
The reality is there is hope for restoration. Disaster and suffering are inevitable but that is not the end of the story. The Bible talks about suffering numerous times. It points out that there is suffering but because of Jesus, that circumstance doesn’t have the final say. Jesus does.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
Although we may encounter suffering we know that there will be a time when God restores all of creation. There will be a time when there is no more suffering and things will be the way, God intended. This is a hope that we have when we are in Christ. This helps us see that although there is suffering here, it doesn’t have the final word on our life. Although we will encounter disaster we no longer have to walk through that storm alone. We have God with us, sustaining us by His grace and love.
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If we have this hope, what do we do with it?
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Because of what we have experienced in our times of trouble, we are able to share that hope with others. When someone is staring into the face of disaster, we can come alongside side them and show them the love that God has shown us. Through this, they are given that same opportunity to experience the hope and love that only Jesus give.
His grace is louder than the circumstance. Knowing this truth we should come alongside those in need and be the light of the world. The disasters we face are infinitely smaller than God’s restoring power.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
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