Dig Deep

When life hands you trouble, you need to dig below the surface of your experience. You need to dig below the surface of your expectations. You need to dig below the surface of your disappointments. You need to dig until you find the richness of faith.
It is like oil. Oil is precious to our way of life, but it is forged deep within the earth under tremendous pressure.
That is what we dig for; the kind of faith that is forged by the tremendous pressures of life. Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Don’t settle for a shallow faith that puts on a plastic smile and says, “Everything is just fine”.
That is what happened to Job. His wife looked at all his troubles and encouraged him to tell God where he could get off, and then die. His friends weren’t much help either. They wanted to play the blame game. “All this suffering has to be somebody’s fault”, they reasoned. It must be you Job.
But Job did not just lie there and take it. He dug deep. He told his friends, “I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity.
I will maintain my righteousness and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.”
In the end, Job got his audience with God, and got put in his place. But he had gone deep and came out of it all with an unshaken, rich and noble faith. A faith that has been a bedrock of encouragement for thousands of years.  So the next time trouble hits, go deep and keep digging; and remember those, like Job, who have gone before us.
-Pastor Dino Griffin