What Should We Learn From Tragedy?

On one occasion our Lord was confronted by people who judged that great tragedies and disasters came upon others because of the greatness of their sins. They judged themselves to be better than the victims of these tragedies. They cited an incident when Pilate slaughtered some Galileans who were engaged in worship.

The Lord asked, “Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans , because they suffered such things?” (Luke 13:2)

He answered, “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3)

All human tragedy should teach us that we are all sinners who deserve nothing but death and condemnation under God’s judgment against our sin. We should learn that we are totally at God’s mercy, and we must repent. When we see tragedies and disasters upon people in this world, such as the recent tragedy in Haiti, we should not conclude that those people deserved what they got because of the greatness of their sins and that we deserve better because we are not as sinful as they. The fact is this – BASED ON OUR SINS, WE ALL DESERVE WORSE THAN PHYSICAL PUNISHMENT AND DEATH.


“If Thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?”
(Psalm 130:3)

We should mourn and grieve over tragedies such as the one in Haiti. We should mourn and seek to help those people who have survived. But above all, such tragedies should humble us to realize that we are ourselves great sinners, and the fact that we all do not suffer such devastation unto death is due to God’s merciful goodness.

We should realize that life is fragile temporary, and we should live our lives in light of judgment and eternity, knowing that one day we must all face God at Judgment. We should flee to HIM and cling to HIM by faith. We should repent of our own dead works, self-righteousness, and idolatry.

Any who died recently in Haiti who knew and trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ will stand before God at Judgment washed from all their sins in the blood of Christ and justified in Christ’s righteousness imputed. They shall live forever with Him. Any who died without Christ will suffer eternal damnation forever. O God, be merciful to us in Christ!

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