The book of Ephesians was a letter written to the churches in Ephesus. Ephesus was know for its idolatry and pagan practices. The Ephesus Christians were primarily Gentiles who didn't have the life experience of the Jewish laws and culture. Just like today, the new Christians were living in a pagan culture quite contrary to what the Old Testament taught, so they needed encouragement and guidance to help them understand how to live their faith in an ungodly world.
For my page, I highlighted the verse "Live as People of Light" because that is what I took as the most important principle in chapter five; but I love the words that come before and after this phrase: "For once you were full of darkness, but now you have LIGHT FROM THE LORD. So live as people of LIGHT! For this LIGHT within you produces only what is good and right and true." It is an admonishment to me to be a light in this extremely dark world.
And now I begin my two month journey into the book of Job. Job is a tough, depressing book to read. It explores the question everyone always asks "Why do good people suffer?" and you know what? It never really answers that question. It's hard spending two months in this book, reading about someone's suffering. But I think reading it is important for we see the value in patience and perseverance in waiting on the Lord. We also see the importance of just being there for our friends when they are suffering and learning how to hold our tongues. And finally, we see God's faithfulness and restorative power.
For my first journaling page in the book of Job, I simply hand-wrote some notes with just a few illustrations. Bible Journaling doesn't have to include a pretty picture. There are several Bible Journalists I follow who simply write creatively in their Bibles and do not use any images.
For this page, when I read about how Job wished he had never been born at all. Many people today think it's better to not be born at all than to lead a life of suffering. But the word of God says the opposite in Romans 5:3-5 so I hand-wrote that verse in the margins of my Bible, then I added a rainbow as a symbol of hope.
I hope I was able to encourage and minister to you today. We all go through trials and suffering in our lives. Like Job, we ask God "Why?" We may never know the answer in this life, but Job and other scriptures provide the answer as to how we are to act and think while we are suffering.