Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Can reeds flourish where there is no water?  Job 8:11

Job is a fascinating person and story from the Bible. This is a man who seemingly had everything; life, health, family, wealth, and status. But that all gets taken away from him. Now, there are many themes we can pull out of this book in the Old Testament, but as I read through this chapter by chapter, I came across the verse quoted above.

This is said during a conversation that Job had with one of his friends. The friend responds to Job’s plight with a number of different things, but this verse is found in the middle and it just struck me about how we grow and learn in our lives. We can look at any activity or vocation and pick out those who thrive. We know who are the ones who seem to be better or more knowledgeable in their field. The one who succeed far greater than the rest. These are the ones who are all in, who spend a good amount of time focused and present whenever they can. If you want to be good at something, you need to practice, you need to be constantly learning, studying, participating.

I think that is what this verse is saying. We need to be present. We need to be where the learning takes place. We need to be a part of a community. We do this with our jobs, why don’t we in our faith? Papyrus doesn’t grow without a marsh, reed don’t grow without water, and we don’t grow in our faith without time spent with Jesus Christ. Whether that’s in our 15 minutes of alone time, a Sunday worship service, a Bible study, or a small group who holds us accountable, these are things that help us grow as a Christian.

So grow, learn, increase your faith and never stop falling in love with God.