‘Yea, I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;’ Psalm 23:4
Enhancing the walls of my office are scores of artwork produced by my two year-old. To the untrained eye it looks like squiggly lines and copy paper chaos. However, to me it is a masterpiece because I am closely knit to the one who drew it. And, I’m proud to display it because she is mine.
The world is spinning on its head right now. In some cities chaos borders the street and the line from point a to point b is anything but straight. There is division like I’ve never experienced, every day yields a new, nauseating, directive from DC and it can appear to the untrained eye that the portrait is in disarray.
The conditions in the book of Judges are bleak for Israel. God is forsaken, evil is called good, people are oppressed, babies are killed and self worship and counterfeit gods abound with reckless fervor. It is a time of fear, trepidation, uncertainty, division and utter chaos. Yet, it is a quintessential book and a vital brush stroke on the canvas of the unfinished sensation.
Be encouraged brothers and sisters. Everything that you see happening is no accident. It is not a mistake. It is not void of purpose. God remains on His throne. You are perfectly positioned and displayed on the wall because of Who you belong to. The painting is not yet complete. When it is however, even Picasso will be left speechless.