It seems that whenever we turn on the news or scroll through our Facebook feed, there is always another tragedy happening. Tragedy knows no bounds, it can strike at any moment and can happen to anyone without regard to the trail it leaves behind. Whether it is a natural disaster or an act of terrorism, it’s hard to lose a loved one or witness others lose loved ones no matter what the circumstances are. You get this overwhelming sense of sadness and it can be unbearable for some. Remember 9/11? The attack on the World Trade Center resulted in a massive number of lives lost. Hurricane Katrina brought a different kind of destruction in 2005, along with the recent hurricanes (Harvey and Irma) that hit the southeastern United States. Unfortunately, tragedy is not contained in major disasters or acts of foreign terrorism. A mass shooting that claimed the lives of at least 58 people and injured more than 500 others occurred October 1st, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. Tragedy, both small and great, carries a heavy impact.

Where do you turn? There are a number of stories in the Bible of disasters that ultimately led to provision. It exemplifies what we know about God. He will be always present in the face of tragedy, both yesterday and today. If you are in the midst of a tragedy, we encourage you to find solace in the God’s Word. Here are a few Bible verses about tragedy that we hope brings encouragement.

As you go through the list, quiet your soul, listen to the words being spoken. Then spend some time in prayer and ask God to bring you comfort and healing. In most cases, you may need to ask God to help you forgive. It may seem like a tall order and this process will be different for each person, but trust that God will provide exactly what you need when you need it.

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Top Bible Verses About Tragedy

John 16:33

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 (English Standard Version)

Psalm 34:18

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those whose spirits are crushed. – Psalm 34:18 (Common English Bible)

Romans 12:19

Don’t try to get revenge for yourselves, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath. It is written, Revenge belongs to me; I will pay it back, says the Lord. – Romans 12:19 (Common English Bible)

Psalm 46:1-3

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. – Psalm 46:1-3 (New International Version)

Psalm 121:1-2

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-2 (English Standard Version)

James 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – James 1:2-4 (New International Version)

1 Peter 3:8

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. – 1 Peter 3:8 (New Revised Standard Version)

Matthew 5:4

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. – Matthew 5:4 (English Standard Version)

Revelation 21:4

He will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain. These things of the past are gone forever. – Revelation 21:4 (Contemporary English Version)

Ephesians 4:32

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32 (English Standard Version)

Matthew 11:28

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28 (New International Version)

1 Peter 5:7

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. – 1 Peter 5:7 (New Living Translation)

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! The Father is a merciful God, who always gives us comfort. He comforts us when we are in trouble, so that we can share that same comfort with others in trouble. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (Contemporary English Version)

Isaiah 41:10

So don’t worry, because I am with you. Don’t be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and will help you; I will support you with my right hand that saves you. – Isaiah 41:10 (New Century Version)

Psalm 73:26

My body and mind may fail, but you are my strength and my choice forever. – Psalm 73:26 (Contemporary English Version)

1 Peter 4:8

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8 (English Standard Version)

Galatians 6:2

By helping each other with your troubles, you truly obey the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2 (New Century Version)

John 15:12

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. – John 15:12 (English Standard Version)

John 11:33-35

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. – John 11:33-35 (English Standard Version)

Psalm 119:50

This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me and given me life. – Psalm 119:50 (Amplified Version)

Psalm 18:2

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. – Psalm 18:2 (New King James Version)

Psalm 9:9

The Lord defends those who suffer; he defends them in times of trouble. – Psalm 9:9 (New Century Version)

Romans 8:26

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. – Romans 8:26 (English Standard Version)

Colossians 4:2

Keep on praying and guard your prayers with thanksgiving. – Colossians 4:2 (Common English Bible)

Luke 6:27-28

This is what I say to all who will listen to me: Love your enemies, and be good to everyone who hates you. Ask God to bless anyone who curses you, and pray for everyone who is cruel to you. – Luke 6:27-28 (Contemporary English Version)

1 Timothy 2:8

Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. – 1 Timothy 2:8 (New International Version)

Romans 12:12

Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient when trouble comes, and pray at all times. – Romans 12:12 (New Century Version)

Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. – Psalm 55:22 (New King James Version)


 

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