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What To Do In The Midst Of Tragedy

When we look at the life of Job, there are two things that we would probably all agree on.

First, we would most likely agree that his life included some tragedy.  He lost his family.  He lost his fortune.  His wife told him to curse God and die.  Tragic.

However, it doesn’t end there.

Upon hearing news of the tragedies overtaking his life, Job didn’t panic.  He shaved his head.  He tore his robe.  He fell on the ground.  Then Job did an amazing thing.

He worshiped.

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What was it that led Job to turn his back on being distraught at the misfortune engulfing his life, instead turning his eyes on the Lord?

He must have spent time with the Lord.

He must have had extreme confidence in the God he worshiped.

How unique that is from our world.  How amazing it was in the world Job lived in.

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In the year King Uzziah died, Isaiah went to church.  It seems that the King had impacted Isaiah’s life.  Perhaps they were relatives of some sort.  Maybe Isaiah served Uzziah in some capacity.

He didn’t fall on his face and worship like Isaiah did, but he knew enough to go to church.  It’s not certain that Isaiah really knew who God was when he entered the temple.  He did, though, when he left.  He had beheld a vision.  He saw the Lord and his life was changed.  Why?

Because by the time he exited the temple, he had worshiped.

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What happened when the tower of Siloam fell on eighteen “innocent” Jews during Jesus’ day?  They questioned why.

What about when Pilate slaughtered a group of Galileans and mingled their blood with the sacrifice?  They wondered why it happened.

This is a common response to tragedy.  It may be THE common response to tragedy.  Jesus’ answer was that everyone should worry about their own relationship with God rather than wonder why this befell them.

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We can respond any number of ways to tragedy in our lives.  One is to question God as to why it happened.

The other is to worship Him.

Which one will you do?

Have you ever worshiped in the midst of tragedy?

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  1. October 2, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I have done both and can honestly say worshiping in the midst of the tragedy is far better than bemoaning my lot in life. Everything is different.

  2. Faye
    October 2, 2013 at 7:23 am

    This past week I have worshipped (even dances that weren’t all that pretty) and I have cried, and I have tried to simply say “Your will” to God, but that kept being followed by, “Please give me back my husband.”
    Every day I have practiced eucharisteo – giving thanks in everything, even in the midst of the hard.
    It helps, remembering Who God is.

  3. October 2, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Seems so crazy to worship in the midst of tragedy and yet the times that I have, God has supplied me with all the peace and joy I need.

    • October 3, 2013 at 6:22 am

      He does things backwards to what we think, doesn’t He?

  4. October 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Yes–and it’s been some of the truest times of worship I’ve ever experienced.

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