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Tragedy to Triumph

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” This promise can be hard to believe.

I was a junior in college in 2003 when the company where my dad had worked for more than 20 years went bankrupt. He lost his job, and the future I had planned suddenly looked very uncertain. It felt like a tragedy from which my family might never emerge. In the midst of the trial, it was hard to see how good could possibly come from it. 

The Lord had a much greater purpose, though. Because of that job loss, the Lord led my family to a new place, closer to extended family. Here, Jesus has become more real and his presence more evident than ever before. I can honestly say that every good thing in my life today came about as a result of that job loss. Jesus was at work for our good even in the midst of tragedy; He turned my family’s trial into triumph.

In Acts 15:36-41, Paul and Barnabas probably didn’t have any idea how the Lord would use a “sharp disagreement” between them to spread the Gospel. Certainly the tension in their friendship was a difficult trial, but as they parted ways, they took the truth about Jesus to new places, ultimately bringing about good for countless numbers of people.

If you are in the midst of a difficult trial, cling to the truth of Romans 8:28. Cling to the story of Paul and Barnabas. Jesus can turn your tragedy into triumph.


  • What trial are you facing that seems as if it will never bring about any good?
  • How can you trust Jesus today to bring you through your tragedy and lead you to triumph?

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