Does Tragedy Increase Intimacy with Christ?

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The question for this devotional is: Does tragedy increase intimacy with Christ? Can our struggles bring us closer or drive us further away from God. So let’s dig in and find out my thoughts? We will start by looking at the Bible. 

Key Verse:

James 1:2-4 (NIV); “2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Intimacy Without Tragedy?

I think most of us realize that God does not promise us a rose garden when we follow Him. But why does James want us to find joy in our trials, as stated in the verses above? James goes on to explain that trials produce perseverance, which helps us mature in our faith. We may understand the theory behind these words. But what does this concept look like in real life, and how does it change our theology?

Does Tragedy Increase Intimacy with Christ? – Moses warns us to not forget the Lord in our times of comfort. Click To Tweet

Before we dig into life with trials, let’s look at our lives during the good times. Think back to a time before COVID came to our country. Restaurants opened regular schedules, and unemployment rates remained low. We could buy toilet paper and Clorox wipes without limits. And, we attended church in person with live music and singing. During such days, many of us didn’t lose our faith, but we might forget God. Moses warned of getting too comfortable in the following verses:

Moses’ Warning

Deuteronomy 8 (NIV); “11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”

Tragedy Leads to Intimacy?

Trials make us more aware of our need for Christ. In desperate times, we pour out our hearts to the Lord. And then we wait and watch for His hand to move. For me, these are the times I am more aware of the nearness of Christ. His presence comforts me, and I find His peace keeps me moving forward. As the pandemic spread, my heart filled with fear for the future, so I sought God. I prayed more often and searched the Bible for His comfort. And God did not disappoint me. James understands this, too, as he penned these words in James 4:8 (NIV); “Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

In My Life

As I look back over the trials of my life, I see how through them, my intimacy with God deepened. I sought Him, and God moved closer to me. And, I learned I could trust Him to be with me in all circumstances. So, as the good times return after a trial, I remember to thank God. I appreciate all He provides because I know it could all disappear again tomorrow. Another way problems deepen my faith is through sharing how God provided with others. Paul reminds of this fact in 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NIV); “who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” Now, I can understand why James calls us to be joyful in affliction. Difficult times will increase our intimacy with God if we seek Him for help.

In Your Life:

Do you think difficult times increase or decrease your intimacy with God and why? What Bible verses do you rely on when troubles arise in life? How can you share your stories with others to encourage them?

Does Tragedy Increase Intimacy with Christ? I sought God, and He moved closer to me. And, I learned I could trust Him to be with me in all circumstances. Click To Tweet

Recommendations for Future Study:

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Prayer:

My dear heavenly Father. Thank you for the many blessings You give me daily. Help me to learn to appreciate the good times and the bad times in my life. Help me to seek intimacy with you more when the troubles hit. You are my rock and my salvation, and I will seek You allows. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Grace and Peace to you,

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16 thoughts on “Does Tragedy Increase Intimacy with Christ?

  1. Loved the post Ms. Yvonne. You caused me to pause and reflect myself this morning. I love how you answered both ways, as I did the same. Yes, when tragedy strikes, I turn to God for comfort. When prosperity comes, I turn to God with praise and thanksgiving. It really all comes down to relationship doesn’t it ma’am; and intimacy with God is forged at both ends of this emotional spectrum. Amen my friend! Amen!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so much JD. It is about relationship and trust even when the road is difficult. I am surprised by how many turn away from God in the hard times. God bless.

  2. Ava Pennington – Bible study teacher, speaker, and author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional.
    Ava Pennington

    I wish it weren’t so, but yes, trials often do cause us to draw nearer to God than we would in good times. Although I don’t think it’s a matter of “I sought God and He moved closer to me.” I think it’s more that we move closer to Him!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Good point Ava. Thanks and God bless

  3. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    Drawing close to God helps us find comfort in Him. And He really is the only place to go for help and healing.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Nancy and God bless

  4. Melissa G. Henderson – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    Melissa G. Henderson

    Thank you for the reminder to always go to God. In good times and in bad times, go to God. Give thanks, give praise with a grateful heart. 🙂

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      It is so important to never forgot Fox even in the good times. Thanks Melissa and God bless.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      We do learn what is the most important part of life. Thanks for your encouragement and God bless you Jessica

  5. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    It really is astonishing how the Lord takes the tragedies and hardships of our lives and uses these to pull us closer to him in intimate fellowship and an increased understanding of him. We draw near to the Lord as he draws near to us in these hard times. I wish this wasn’t the key to our growth, but I know that I’ve grown more deeply during tragedy than I do during those times when all is well.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Me too Melinda. But, I also learned how easy it is to ignore God when things are going well. We can be so fickle and I am trying to change. Thanks Melinda and God bless.

  6. Linda Sammaritan – For years, Linda Sammaritan tried to be perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect teacher. She crammed so many activities into her days that twenty-four hours couldn’t possibly hold them all – perfectly. She now lives by the motto, “relentlessly eliminate hurry.” This year, Linda and her husband celebrated forty-three years of marriage. Since their three sons don’t live nearby, Linda, now retired, takes time to visit her seven grandchildren several times a year before they grow up and start adventures of their own. Read more of her blogs at http://www.scriblerians.com/.
    Linda Sammaritan

    I’ve noticed it is the condition of the person’s heart as to whether they draw close to God or turn away in tragedy. Lovers of God draw closer. Those who who were full of lip service to Him or never claimed to love God, often turn away, blaming God for the problems.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I have noticed that myself too and am still amazed at how easily some turn away in trouble times. Thanks for commenting Linda and God bless

  7. Yvonne, good reflection and insight. Trials and hard times increase my seeking God and intimacy with Him. Every valley experience has brought me closer to the Lord by depending on Him every second and step of the way.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen, Karen. I found it the same in my life. God bless.

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