How God Transforms Tragedy (II)

In tragedy, we feel a whole lot of different negative emotions. We feel angry, for example, very angry, sometimes enraged at our losses. How dare God allow tragedy to happen – to me? After all the faithful service I’ve given him! Sometimes, we’re just mad at our loss. We hate, of course, to give up a precious possession, friend, or our beloved. Whether we feel angry with him, or just plain mad, God is patient. He waits, sometimes adding to our frustration. He waits so we can learn, or so we can do we don’t know what. Why does he wait? Why doesn’t he help my pain? Where is he?

In spite of his mystery, in fact, because of his hiddenness at times, God is able to help transform our tragedy. That one quality about him we feel most ambivalent, may be his patience. On the one hand, he doesn’t give in to our agenda, doing something just because we want it, or want it now. We can feel very frustrated with him. On the other hand, when we do receive an answer to our prayer (long after we’ve given up hope for immediate relief), we usually see wisdom in the wait.

In order to give us time to work through our anger, God in patience waits.

About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy ( blog to learn more. provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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