Your first response to tragedy

Fear, anger, guilt, frustration, and numerous other responses follow tragic events in our lives. Our response truly reveals who we are and what we value.
The turmoil you face within you and the struggles of daily life may seem to be strangling you. It’s too much to bear. What are you to make of your life when you face tragedy from every direction? How should you respond?
There was a man whose first response will amaze us. Here’s what he did: “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped (Job 1:20).
First, there was decisive action: “Then Job arose.” Don’t fall back in fear, and don’t give up on life. Get up. Move forward. Take action.
Second, Job acknowledged his loss. He “Tore his robe and shaved his head.” A healthy amount of grieving needs to be a part of our response to extreme tragedy. We need not grieve permanently. It needs to be only a season of grieving.
Third, he acknowledged God. Job “Fell on the ground and worshiped. He understood that God was his only hope.
Yes, our first response truly says a lot.
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