Spiritual Practice

When Bad Things Happen

Mary Lynn Johnson, 21

When we face tough situations, we want to know why bad stuff happens. Whether we lose someone we love, miss out on an opportunity, transition into a new situation, or suffer a tragedy, we want to know why.

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Reflect on James 1:2-4.
Our immediate reaction is not to think that challenging situations could be used for good. That doesn’t make sense, but it’s true. We can be assured that all our experiences, good and bad, are used to shape us into the people we were created to be. God intends for us to be “mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:4b, NIV). Sometimes, hardships are the avenue to fulfill that promise.

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