#TalkingThursday – If you don’t talk about Jesus who will?
When some tragedy befalls, many christians use the words “Don’t worry, everything happens for a reason” as the immediate words of comfort.
But does everything really happen for a reason? Is there always a silver lining at the end of every evil thing that happens in our lives?
In his article – No, Everything Does Not Happen for a Reason: We don’t have to figure out the purpose for our pain, but we do follow a God who meets us in it.
John Palovitz writes:
“It serves as an emotional distraction, one that cheats us out of the full measure of our real-time grief and outrage. We stutter and stop to try and find the whys of all of the suffering, instead of just letting ourselves admit that perhaps this all simply sucks on a grand scale. There’s an oft-misused excerpt from scripture, where the apostle Paul writes: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). This isn’t a heavenly insurance policy paid with faith and exempting us from anything unpleasant, but the promise that if we choose to respond to all things from a place of love and goodness; that we—not necessarily our circumstances—will be better for it.”
Do you think John is right? Is saying that everything happens for a reason an emotional distraction, that causes us not to focus on the reality of the situation but instead makes us search for something good amidst the tragedy?
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Grace & Peace!