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When sudden tragedy strikes

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The better way to start this is with a story from the Hebrew Bible.

1 Samuel 30:1-6 AMP
1 Now it happened when David and his men came [home] to Ziklag on the third day, [they found] that the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negev (the South country) and on Ziklag, and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire;
2 and they had taken captive the women [and all] who were there, both small and great. They killed no one, but carried them off [to be used as slaves] and went on their way.
3 When David and his men came to the town, it was burned, and their wives and their sons and their daughters had been taken captive.
4 Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they were too exhausted to weep [any longer].
5 Now David’s two wives had been captured, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite.
6 Further, David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all of them were embittered, each man for his sons and daughters. But David felt strengthened and encouraged in the Lord his God.

Was it David’s fault that their families were taken captive by the Amalekites?

That’s right. It isn’t.

But the sudden tragedy put bitterness in the people’s hearts.

As Pastor Sumrall put it, bitterness always needs a target and the focus usually falls upon those in leadership.

And isn’t what exactly happened to us when COVID-19 became a global concern?

From what I said in my previous post, Hebrews 12:15 taught us that bitterness is a poison. And that it doesn’t only trouble you but also corrupts those around you.

So, if you find yourself wallowing in bitterness right now, just know that it always doesn’t end great. It only ends in ruin.

And if it’s not what you want to find yourself in, then you need to make a decision whether to allow bitterness to grow and take root in your life or do away with it the moment you see it coming.

Your call.

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