Am I supposed to rejoice even when tragedies happen?
A: Let’s be clear: No one shouts in exaltation over losing a child, or a job, or a limb. When Paul was in a Roman prison, waiting to have his head cut off, he wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4) Paul rejoiced in the One who loved him and had his life in the palm of His hand. You and I can also rejoice in God no matter the circumstances because He is good, His lovingkindness is everlasting, and He works every trial and tragedy together for good.
If God is my Protector, Healer, and Provider, why do I still struggle in so many areas?
Jesus told us, “In the world you have tribulation” (John 16:33). Additionally, every Christian still has to deal with the flesh, that fallen nature within us that wants to live for sin and self. Thus, we battle troubles from without and temptations from within. The good news is we can choose to walk by the Spirit and, in so doing, not fulfill the desires of the flesh. We can overcome the struggles of this life as we trust the Lord and look to Him.