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When accidents happen claim the protection of the blood of Jesus on your family and praise Him for His care. Be thankful that you have been spared from the devastating tragedies that many experience who don’t love God and whose lifestyle involves destructive habits.  Satan can take advantage and capitalize on carnal weaknesses (2 Cor 2:11; 1 Pet 5:8). He is seeking to steal, kill and destroy us through the events of life (Jn 10:10). Don’t crumble under the circumstance but in Jesus’ name rise up victorious through the ashes. God’s intention is to develop strong faith, sound character and expand us so we are of greater use in His Kingdom. Joseph said, “You meant it for evil, but God brought good out of it” (Gen 50:20).

We have limited knowledge and understanding so occupational hazards and accidents can happen to anyone. They are a fact of life although wisdom and forethought can safeguard against many happening (Prov 22:3; Eccl 10:8,9; Lk 13:1-5). Mishaps can be the result of sin, as Jonah found out when he disobeyed God (Jnh 1:1-10). Do not take unacceptable risks as this is misusing His promise to watch over you (Ps 1:6, 121:3-8). We are to value the life He has granted us. Deliverance from evil may be required if you are accident-prone, so spiritual influences are broken off your life.

In everything give thanks, so that your faith may be proved to be a genuine (1 Thes 5:18; 1 Pet 1:6,7).

If you are walking with God, then “no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your dwelling”
(Ps 91:1-16; Prov 12:21). It is our responsibility to remain under His protective covering by walking in obedience so that everything that happens will be permitted by God because it will be for our ultimate good for “In all things God works for the good of those who love Him…” (Rom 8:28). This includes

Even in trouble, I am safe with Jesus by my side

allowing events in our lives that seem disastrous at the time and may make us question how a loving God could permit this. However, looking back often we get a glimpse of His strategy and wisdom.

Being a child of God doesn’t exempt us from experiencing tragedy, but it is allowed for our benefit.

Although He has the power and ability to protect us from every calamity, it may not be His will. Accidents or what appears to be an attack by Satan could be all part of God’s plan to purify us, or work something deep into our character that can’t be achieved any other way (Act 2:23, 4:27,28). Always remember that He promised, “Never will I leave or forsake you” (Mt 28:20; Heb 13:5).

When an unforeseen accident occurs, there are two options. One is to try to pass the fault or blame onto someone else and become bitter with how unfair life is, continually reliving the pain in self-pity and making life miserable for one’s self and for others. The better approach is to choose to believe He is still on the throne and orders our steps even when things are difficult. This shifts the focus from ‘me’ to Him. Remember that sin, including our own has blighted everything. Be sensitive, He may be endeavouring to get your attention in an area that needs rectifying. Search your heart to see if there are areas that need the ‘touch of the Masters hand’. Be proactive and try to remedy the situation, analysing what happened and attempt to learn from it to prevent a similar event again. The choice is ours – will this break or make us?

Tragic loss to his family and possessions tested Job’s character yet showed he honoured God regardless of what happened in life (Job 1:8-2:10). Do I have this same kind of trust and relationship with God?

Sometimes the conception and subsequent birth of a child is termed an 'accident', having been unintentionally conceived outside of marriage – this places a stigma and guilt on those involved with the child unjustly carrying a burden that is not of their making. Sometimes within a marriage there can be unplanned pregnancies because of the failure of the contraception used. Even if the baby is unwanted by humans they are accepted and loved by God, and He has a purpose for them (Ps 127:3-5, 139:13-16). Numerous children having had a less than ideal start in life have excelled and contributed significantly in society.

See also: chance, covering, blessed or cursed, disaster, protection, response, self-pity, sovereignty of God, tragedy, why.