Friday, June 25, 2021

The Alternative

Tragedy – that word is meant for other people, not us. At least, that is what we would like to pretend. But tragedy visits every human life. Each of us will face our own personal tragedies. While we might compare our tragedies with those of others and try to come up with some type of measuring standard to determine who has suffered more or less, the truth is, we all have, or will someday, face moments when our world explodes. 

A man named Job had his life fall to pieces one day. He literally lost everything. You might have read his story in the Bible. It is a long one, over forty chapters. At times it is confusing, at times repetitious. But one message comes through as clearly as the sun breaking through the clouds after a rainstorm – he never gave up on God, no matter what. 

You might remember Job’s words, “The Lord gives. The Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!” No, he didn’t say that with a big smile on his face; his heart was not singing with joy. He may well have muttered those sentences through clenched teeth while hot tears poured down his face. So why did he say them? Because he knew the alternative. He knew that if he gave up on God, he had nowhere to turn, no hope – not for that moment, not for eternity. While Job didn’t have an understanding of Christ the way we New Testament Christians do, he did comprehend that nothing could separate him from the love of God – not even tragedy. 

If you are struggling with doubts about God’s goodness in the middle of a time of suffering in your life, join us for one of our Sunday morning services. God is and always will be your best alternative. 

Worship service times: Sunday: 9:00 am & 10:30 am.

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.