One thing we can count on in this life is trouble! Becoming a Christian, contrary to what some say, does not so much deliver us from problems as delivers us in them. We still get sick, lose jobs, worry about our children and struggle with loneliness. On a deeper level a personal encounter with God brings at the same time exquisite joy and a new set of questions.
Sometimes, like Job, we are led through a dark valley without seeing the path out, why we are suffering, whether God has a redeeming purpose in it all and how we are to respond. Are we to just patiently take it all? Although an ancient story, the book of Job offers an ever fresh and hopeful perspective on keeping our faith in the midst of disaster.