I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like I’m in the middle of a long tunnel and I’m not sure where it’s heading; I walked into the tunnel because I thought that I knew where it would take me, but somewhere along the line maybe the tunnel took a turn (or did I take a turn?). Now I’m not exactly certain what’s coming next, and I’m praying that I’ll see a glimpse of light soon.
I’m guessing that sums up how many of us feel these days, and that’s part of why I love the Old Testament stories. That brings me to this clip (another clip from the same interview with Bruce Waltke that I linked to back in January):
Piggybacking on what Dr. Waltke says here, when we enter the world of the Old Testament characters we see others who may have felt like they were in the middle of a tunnel, too; we identify with them, learn from them, and are often encouraged to hope that we will see a glimmer of light soon. But more importantly, we learn about God’s story and we learn to locate ourselves in that unfolding story. Our moments of crisis, waiting, expectation, and fear take on deeper meaning–These are the crisis moments both of our own story and of the larger unfolding story of salvation history. That knowledge alone is enough to keep us going.
So, my question for you is this: What Old Testament characters do you most identify with? How have you learned from them? How do their stories connect with yours? How does their story shine a ray of hope on your story? Maybe by sharing your thoughts here you’ll be able to help someone else.
Please do share to encourage and be encouraged!