Faithfulness – Job who faced total loss

One of the major theological questions of today is “if God is good and in control, then why do bad things continue to happen to good people?”  This is called the “theodicy question” and in our limited understanding of fairness and justice, it seems like a legitimate question.  However we forget that we chose and continue to choose brokenness in our life and this distortion thwarts the divine reality God originally created.  It is not God who picks and chooses winners and losers in life; it is the ambiguity and randomness of our chosen state of brokenness that does that.  The story of Job is intended to teach us how to live a faithful life in the midst of our ambiguous brokenness.  I want to encourage you to take time over the next couple of days to read Job’s story from beginning to end.  Then sit with it for a while and let the words rattle around in your soul.  Don’t try and make sense of them but rather let them attach themselves to your heart and mind.  Then come and join us this Sunday as we converse about Job’s story of faithfulness and what that implies for each of us.  Finally, I would encourage you to engage my follow-up post with our daily readings and reflections; they are intended to compliment Sunday’s sermon.  I pray that your pre-reading, time in worship and follow-up study might guide you as you journey toward a deeper experience of God’s presence; as all of us journey toward faithfulness in the middle of our ambiguous brokenness.

 

About Jim Hoffman

Pastor, teacher, leader, novice blogger, wanna be author and Christian conversationalist. Passionate about environmental architecture - creating spaces where people can foster new or growing relationships with each other and God. Currently leads a faith community on Ward Parkway in Kansas City and happily married to Margaret. Blessed with four adult children and two grandsons.
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