This coming Sunday, Lord willing, I’ll be preaching for the Orange Grove Church of Christ in Gulfport, MS. As anyone reading this blog knows, they suffered a tragic loss last week. I believe that God will help me share something that is needful and will help them (us) reach out in faith to Him and each other. Even so, your prayers on behalf of the congregation are sought. Below are some of the thoughts I shared at the funeral of Karen and Cole Ferguson.
There is nothing wrong with expressing to God our personal outrage and pain at what has happened. If we didn’t we would not be honest with our Father.
The Lord said to Job: “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!”
Then Job answered the Lord : “I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once, but I have no answer—twice, but I will say no more.
Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm…
(Job 40:1-6 NIV84)
When facing tragedy, loss, heartache, despair … God is not absent nor silent. He is speaking out of the storm. How can we hear Him?
- Listen as opportunities to serve and love present themselves
- Listen to the hugs, kisses, comforts, and warmth of others
- Lisen as prayers ascend the Heavens on your behalf
- Listen in your tears as God weeps with you
- Listen with hope for the future as healing emerges from pain
- Listen as you weep through the Psalms
We would rather not hear God through the storm…but we have no choices. We are unworthy to question Him, yet we reach out to Him from our pain. And He is there. God is not absent in the storm, He is a very present help in time of need.
John says of Jesus, “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” (John 1:5 NIV84) Just how dark this world can be, we did not know. Just how bright Jesus shines, we cannot fail to see.
May He shine brightly into your hearts in the coming days.