Job 38:1 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind.
A whirlwind seems to be an apt description of what life has been like this last month.
Whirlwind is defined as: 1) something that involves many quickly changing events, feelings, etc. 2) something that is done very quickly and without a lot of thought.
We are most definitely in the midst of a whirlwind right now - things are changing every day. The latest change was the governor's extended 'stay-at-home' order given a few days ago. Every new bit of information or declaration changes the way we do life at present. Who would have imagined at the start of 2020 that within months we would be dealing with a previously unknown virus? Or that we would be ordered to “socially distance" ourselves from one another?
As the verse above attests, God speaks from the whirlwind. In the midst of rapid changes to the way we do life, we need to be listening to what God is saying – what He is saying to us personally, to our families, and to our churches. We also need to be careful, as things change and shift, not to give in to the temptation to react quickly; without sufficient thought and consideration. How I respond, how you respond, how the church responds to these unprecedented events will influence the reactions and actions of others.
How can you stand in the center of a whirlwind – how do you prevent being lifted up and carried away? As one writer put it, "The one thing that we have, no matter how loudly the wind is howling, is our true selves. You are far less likely to be swept away by the wind if you have a conscious and specific understanding of who you are, what your values are, and what your life on this planet means." As Christ followers we know whose we are, what our values are based on, and what our purpose on this planet is. Our true selves are anchored in our relationship with Christ, adherence to the Word and being directed by the Holy Spirit. Being in Christ and of Christ is what will allow us to stand in the middle of the whirlwind and not be carried away.
Lord God, let us hear your voice clearly from the whirlwind.