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How the Bible Helps Us Work through Tragedies

People in the United States have been shaken recently by what appears to be yet more evidence of evil in our midst —innocent adults and children killed by an assailant. The Bible has much to teach us about dealing with these kinds of tragedies. Its sacred pages are my go-to place for finding peace and answers during such difficult times.

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Maralee Knowlen
Maralee Knowlen
June 1, 2022 8:17 am

Hooray…the Bible is the guide to my 5 G Network…
God God Guides Guards and Governs.
Peace to the whole world through Bible study!!

Arline Collins
Arline Collins
June 1, 2022 8:34 am

As always, Madelon, you have really “hit the nail on the head” for me. I love the clarity with which you share your insights. They are truly inspirational. Not only do I love how you point out the 5 steps of Nehemiah’s successful project but also the personal questions given to us to help us in our prayerful work. They are so supportive and give me lots to “chew” on. Thank you so much.

Robin Clarke
Robin Clarke
June 1, 2022 11:11 am

Thank you for the five active steps you related so well. I have always liked how Nehemiah was wise enough not to go down to the plain of Ono when Sanballet tried to distract him from his mission. It may be tempting these days to go down to the plain “Oh, no!” This sort of helpless despair must be resisted in the way that Nehemiah did. He refused to believe in the legitimacy of his attackers. He instead relied on God to inspire unity within his brave followers. They continued working together until the enormous wall and gates were completed.

June 1, 2022 1:07 pm

I have always loved how Nehemiah resisted repeated temptations to fear, to be dissuaded from his work, or to doubt it or himself. I see similarities to the New Testament story of Jesus resisting the devil’s temptations three times. And a lesson in how to pray myself. At first his enemies scorn Nehemiah (Chapter 2, 19-20) and he has to defend himself mentally. In Chapter 4, .v 7-16 they fight him outright and he sets a watch, day and night…and instructs his workers to continue the work with a tool in one hand and a defensive spear in the other… Read more »

Truth Johnston
Truth Johnston
June 2, 2022 2:08 pm

Thanks for the insights on Nehemiah’s 5 steps. What struck me was how this story is a lesson in overcoming discouragement. Nehemiah was discouraged. He wept and mourned when he heard the bad news about the people in Judah likely wondering what could he do so far from them while serving a foreign king. In his dispair he turned to God in prayer. And he prayed to have God remove any resistance the king might have to his doing something about the problem. The resistance was so completely removed that the king actually solicits Nehemiah for what he wants. This… Read more »

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