This week shaped up to be a hectic and beautiful time in my life. While still maintaining all of my Biblical readings, I graduated with a Doctorate of Ministry degree from The Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The adventure into doctor land proved terrific. While in the process, I discovered some incredible people who shared the path with me. They are forever friends who continue to bless me and serve as a source of inspiration. The picture above captures a little of the joy that we share as an incredible team of friends. Don’t let some of the faces fool you. There is a lot of wisdom in the souls of the people in the photograph. We love each other fiercely and support one another through the darkest of times. They are my tribe, my people.
And now to the end of Job and the beginning of Psalms… Job is a prime example of maintaining faith through the darkest of times. His friends raised horrible arguments against him while he needed support. His wife could only respond, “Just curse God and die!” (Job 2:9 NIV). With friends like this sorry lot of characters, who needs enemies. Job did not listen but responded out of his absolute allegiance to the Creator. Everything may come and go in the world, but the God of our salvation remains steadfast, even in the darkest of circumstances.
What we learn from Job is that suffering is not always fair, and when we experience moments of unexpected chaos, we must hold fast to the One, who delivers us and raises our bodies out of the deep waters. God is our lifeline. May we never cease to realize the source of our strength. Praise be to Him who loved us before we were ever born.