Different faith traditions have different understandings of what it means to say “God has a plan.” Some believe that God has everything mapped out. What work to do…who to marry…and so on. In that view, our job is to discern that path and get on it. In this view, God knows everything that’s going to happen. Maybe some of you are of that mind.
And there are places in the Bible that support that.
But I don’t believe it. The Bible and the world as it really is tell me something different. I believe that God lets creation unfold…that God gives us and the non-human creation the freedom to be who we were created to be.
I think that God gave up the power to make creation bend to God’s will. Instead, I believe God allows creation to unfold as it will, but then God meets creation in whatever mess it gets itself into and with us and with our prayers, God works to bring it to what it can be, given those circumstances.
What we will learn over these last three weeks is that God’s plan can be kind of loose for our tastes. We’d like things a little more laid out and clear and road-map like.
Instead, we get this wild creation that God has chosen to define boundaries for – God sets the boundaries of the ocean - chaos itself has limits. But within those boundaries, creation is free to play…for good or ill.
But God is not saying that Job and his problems are not important. God speaks. God heard Job and God speaks to Job. God responds as someone in a real relationship.
For this week, that’s the gospel…the good news. God hears and God speaks. Full text of the sermon can be found under the "Sermons" tab.