September 25

This Sunday will be the final sermon in the Unraveled series. We have looked at stories in both the Old and New Testaments, that have spoken of times of Unraveling in the lives of Biblical characters, and in our own lives. Unraveling of vocation, justice, dreams, shame, plans for our children, and the mind are just some of the topics we’ve explored. This week: When Everything Has Fallen Apart.

Have you ever had a time in your life where it felt like literally everything has fallen apart? Family, job, money, health….the list could go on and on. As you’ve probably guessed, we will be exploring this topic through the lens of Job. I would encourage you to read his entire story found in the Old Testament book of the same name. Job lost all his oxen and donkeys, sheep and camels. All his servants were killed. His seven sons and three daughters are killed in a freak accident. He is covered with hideous boils and festering sores. And, his wife and friends speak harshly against him.

Even in the midst of all this, when his life is unraveling all around him, Job still worships God. We will be looking at chapter 28 this week, where Job speaks of wisdom. In Job 28:28 we read, “”To fear God is wisdom.” The Hebrew word for “fear” is yirah, literally translated as “awesome.” True wisdom lies in breathless reverence for God’s mystery and presence.

When Everything Has Fallen Apart, can we still trust God’s presence in every situation? That is true wisdom.

Pastor Jane