How to Remember God’s Promises On Hard Days and in Tragedy

by Rachel Dawson

Today, I woke up to horrible news.

More tragedy. More lives lost. More violence, more pain, more grief.

Every time this happens (and it doesn’t it seem to keep happening more and more?), I grieve and I mourn and I pray with everything in me that tomorrow will somehow be better than today.

The question that lingers, though, is this: “If tomorrow is as difficult as today, or is even harder than today, how will I go on?” This is what Benjamin Vrbicek asks in his latest Desiring God article “What If Tomorrow Is Even Harder Than Today?

Maybe you, like me, are wondering the same thing today. Maybe the news out of Texas this weekend has devastated you. Maybe you’re still recovering from a different tragedy, still rebuilding after destruction, still grieving the loss of loved ones. Maybe you got a diagnosis recently that has you reeling. Maybe you are in a relationship that’s falling apart, or are battling something that feels impossible to conquer. Maybe it all feels like too much, or like you aren’t enough.

Vrbicek points us to a passage from the Old Testament that is incredibly relevant today: Deuteronomy 8:3.

“He humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every words that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”

This passage was written for the Israelites, at a time in their lives where they were completely dependent on the Lord for everything. They had been wandering in the wilderness for forty years, journeying toward the land the Lord had promised them, feeling worn down and weary. They were stretched thin, exhausted, and ready to call it quits.

Can you relate? I can.

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