Learning to Respond Well in the Midst of Turmoil

Imagine finding out, everything you had worked so hard for had been taken away from you. That's right, your family...destroyed; your home...gone; your money and possessions...forget it! Everything you worked so hard for, count it a loss.

Even if you were doing your best to live a life of integrity as an upstanding citizen, how would you respond to your new reality?

If you're anything like me, you'd probably pinch yourself hoping that this was all a bad dream, right? When anything is going wrong, let alone everything, our initial response is usually one of disbelief. 

How could this be true ? You might ask yourself. Wanting to rationalize and make sense of it all is usually what follows. 

But here's the thing, when we put these responses together, it creates panic! And as normative as this response might be, it should not be the response of the Believer. 

Take a lesson from Job.

When he lost everything; his family, wealth, shelter and his health; Job's response was to worship.  

Wait, what? Yep! Job fell into worship.

 Job 1:20-22 MSG

"[20] Job got to his feet, ripped his robe, shaved his head, then fell to the ground and worshiped: [21] Naked I came from my mother's womb, naked I'll return to the womb of the earth. God gives, God takes. God's name be ever blessed. [22] Not once through all this did Job sin; not once did he blame God."

Probably not our first response right? 

Job trusted in God's sovereignty. He understood that His ways were and will forever be far beyond our understanding. Therefore, he trusted in the bigger plan and was confident that the Master of the universe was still in control!

Sometimes we don't always understand the reasoning behind the calamity we're experiencing. Despite this, our response should always be honourable and integral. Our response as a believer should be of worship to an almighty, all powerful God.

Remember, He is a God of order- He creates order out of discord. So when calamity hits, don't run, don't even try to make sense of it. Rather, choose an honourable response- choose to worship.

God is in control! 

Monique Chambers