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October 25, 2013

Verna Davis: What's a Christian to do when bad things happen?

Remember that children's book by Judith Viorst titled "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day"? The story recounts how, through no fault of his own, things were not going well for poor Alexander.

Boy, can I relate. Last week was a terrible, horrible, no-good very bad week for me. It was only God's hand sustaining me that got me through it. Discovering the illegal and immoral actions of someone I loved was devastating. Taking the punishment for what someone else did was frightening. Watching helplessly as my car was fatally injured and hauled away, never to be drivable again was blatantly unfair.

What's a Christian to do when bad things happen? Well, I don't know what works for you, but I know what works for me. I remind myself of things I already know, but tend to forget during the dark times.

First, I remember the words of Jesus in John 16:33: "In this world you will have trouble." Boy, Jesus wasn't kidding when He said that, was He? So, if I am a Bible-believing Christian (which I am), troubles should not surprise me. 1 John 4:4 says: "Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world."

Secondly, I remember that I should not put my trust in people, for people will disappoint me every time. People try to do the right thing. People try to be dependable. Some people even do a great job of being good most of the time. But, in the end, the only One we can count on is the One who said, "Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you. So we boldly say: The Lord is my helper and I will not fear what man shall do to me," (Hebrews 13:5-6).

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