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Weekly Devotionals

Light in the Land of the Living

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” –Psalm 27:13

Before you read any further, I’d like you to meditate on this verse.

It is undeniable, in the way that tragedy strikes us, how it often brings a blurry view of the reality around us. We are taken off guard and reminded of the vulnerability and fragility of our lives. When there are many questions and seemingly no answers, we are left with the pieces of the tragedy and in search of any fragment of “goodness” in the mess to inspire hope instead of despair.

To some, grappling with the unexpected or inevitable pains of life, cause them to wish for a “someday” that promises no sadness or loss in the life hereafter. But, if our loving Father has us to be here for the time being, we can and must trust that his goodness will prevail in the face of darkness. And thankfully, this darkness cannot extinguish the Light that God is, as there is no darkness in him at all. However, he is still just as present in that darkness, no matter what we experience.

A common question that arises in times of devastation is:

“If God is good, how could he allow this tragedy to happen?”

The easy answers would point us to all of the Scriptures that talk about God’s goodness (especially when we do not deserve it). Unfortunately, this is not always enough to convince us of his goodness. I would encourage us to not get stuck on this question for too long, but shift our focus to another question that is centered on God’s proven character:

“Since God is good, how will he redeem things and people within this tragedy by working all things together for good?” (Romans 8:28).

If it were not for the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living, we would be literally always be overwhelmed with grief. But because of his outpouring of goodness on us, the way is made for us to rather take heart in every tragedy, no matter how bleak, because the Light has overcome the world and all of its darkness on our behalf. Amen.