We’re in an uninvited, disruptive, new normal that arrived without an invitation Or any warning
Uncertainty is our future new normal.
Grief does not change you… It reveals you.
-John Green, The Fault in our Stars
What are you learning about yourself?
What are you learning about God?
What if… in all this disruption… there’s an invitation?
One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting at the oldest brother’s house…
a messenger arrived at Job’s home with this news: Your oxen were plowing, with the donkeys feeding beside them, when the Sabeans raided us.
They stole all the animals and killed all the farmhands. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.
While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news:The fire of God has fallen from heaven and burned up your sheep and all the shepherds. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.
While he was still speaking, a third messenger arrived with this news:
Three bands of Chaldean raiders have stolen your camels and killed your servants. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.
And while he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother’s home. Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the wilderness and hit the house on all sides.
The house collapsed, and all your children are dead. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.
Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head…
He fell to the ground to worship…
His instinct was to actually approach God instead of run away from Him. [Or…Initially blame him]
He said, I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave.
In all this, Job did not sin by blaming God.
1) What did you lose?
2) Was everything you lost worth keeping?
All these things that used to have value, don’t have value anymore.
What will you build that new normal on?
Is there something greater worth having?
Then Job replied to the Lord. I know that you can do all things: no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. You said, “Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.”
Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.
Maybe Some of the things you’ve lost aren’t worth keeping.