Welcome to Three-Peat Tuesday!
Each weekly blog will contain three P’s: Pillar, Principle and Practical, all geared towards nourishing you on your personal and spiritual growth journey.
Pillar: Strength of Character
“Have you considered my servant Job…He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason”-Job 2:3
Principle: Building Character
Life is tough. Beautiful, but tough. Hardship is real and ubiquitous. A ‘trouble-free’ week is non-existent this side of heaven.
These reflections led me to the Old Testament book of Job earlier this week. Many of us are familiar with his travails of unimaginable proportions. When you read Chapter 1 of the book named after him, here’s what you’ll find:
- He lost his oxen and donkeys
- He lost his sheep and camels
- He lost his servants
- Excruciatingly, he lost his children
How did Job respond? He worshiped God (Job 1:20).
I have faced trials and have experienced failures. Like most of you, I’ve also buried loved ones before. But nothing like Job. His ability to look to God and surrender his grief in holy submission is incredible and also comforting.
Job’s integrity in the face of difficulty tells me that it is humanly possible to be shaped by character and not by circumstances. Suffering, crime, poverty, injustice, inequality, disease, dysfunction and abuse are, sadly, part of our human reality. Still, we must passionately seek eliminate them at their root and constantly advocate for change.
God is aware of the brokenness of our world. The message of the kingdom that Jesus preached was not intended to establish institutional religion, but instead to catalyze a radical following of persons whose love for God and others would surpass all else.
Job struggled. He wavered. He even regretted the day of his birth. But he never gave up on God. The integrity of his character would not allow it.
Practical: Developing Character
Embrace your next trial with faith. The maturity of your character is worth the trouble.
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