What Transforms Tragedy?

As I walked along a quiet wooded New Jersey road this morning, I heard a strange buzzing noise above and to my right. Planted atop an electrical pole, the unexpected sound came from a transformer. I don’t know the specific reason for that transformer, but I do know transformers boost and reduce current. Homeowners like you and me can then use the forceful power of the electrical transmission, reduced for our appliances and lights.

To transform means to change the nature, function, or condition of something, as heat transforms water to steam. Usually it implies a change for the better.

Job presents an unusual case study in the transformation of tragedy. From Chapter three to Chapters 38-42, Job’s condition improves. From his obsession with the desire to die, his mental, emotional, and spiritual attitude undergo a radical transformation. At the end, Job yields to God, intercedes for his critical friends, and lives to enjoy a full, rich new life.

Have you ever wondered how that happened? What factor or factors transformed the despairing, death-seeking (thought not suicidal), shell of a person, to one in which he lives out his life with his fortunes restored?

Let’s explore that question together.

About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy (gordongrose.com) blog to learn more. TragedyTransformed.com provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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