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Funeral Sermon
Proverbs 3:5-6
March 15, 2006


When we are faced with tragedy we often donít know which way to turn. We donít know what to think. We donít know what to feel. We donít know what to say. In short we simply donít know how to respond. Fortunately in Godís word he has given us some direction for dealing with difficult situations and circumstances and that includes times when we are faced with a tragic or difficult death.

I want to read to you today from Proverbs 3:5-6, which says:

5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (TNIV)

From those two verses we can find four things that will help us to hang on through times of tragedy and sorrow.


5blean not on your own understanding

When tragedy strikes some people begin to waver in their faith. They begin to doubt. It starts with questioning God. Why would God, if He really is a good God allow something like this to happen to my loved one? Why would God, if He really is an all powerful God, allow something like this to happen to me? If God is good and all powerful, then why do bad things happen to good people?

I confess to you that there are no easy answers to these questions. I could tell you that part of the answer lies in the fact that not everything that happens is Godís will. You see he has given us something called a free will, which means that we get to make our own decisions and our own choices. The result is that sometimes we hurt people and sometimes they hurt us and sometimes we even hurt ourselves. Sometimes we simply make mistakes and sometimes accidents just happen.

Personally, although I am a follower of Jesus Christ, I would not want to live in a world that was micromanaged by God. I would not want to live in a world in which I wasnít really free. I am glad that I live in a world in which I am a follower of God because, of my own free will, I chose to surrender my life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

And in doing so I have accepted that there are things in life that I will never understand. In Isaiah 55:8-9 we read, ďĎFor my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my waysí declares the LORD. ĎAs the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.íĒ In other words we will never understand many of the things that we experience in this life. And we need to begin by simply accepting that fact or else we will drive ourselves insane with all the why questions.

Rather than wasting your time asking questions that have no answers you mustÖ


5aTrust in the LORD with all your heart

When our world gets turned upside down. When senseless tragedies occur. When loved ones die. When our hearts ache and feel as if
Ted Tinker
July 15, 2011
Thanks for your work. Good thoughts and lots of help.