Translation is important. Almost a year ago, I got my own copy of the version of the Bible known as The Message, and it is still a great pleasure to explore it and see new perspectives on the Word of God.
The thing that stands out the most is how positive it is. Yes, I believe that on some level, God’s love is present in every verse of the Bible. But this version still seems deliberately happy in a refreshing and inspiring way.
Who would have thought that a text from Lamentations—arguably the most depressing book in the Bible—should be the text that has spoken most clearly to me in a long time? It is a challenge to put all your trust in the Lord; to have patience in His timing and faith in His faithfulness.
God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
to the woman who diligently seeks.
It’s a good thing to quietly hope,
quietly hope for help from God.
It’s a good thing when you’re young
to stick it out through the hard times.
When life is heavy and hard to take,
go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions:
Wait for hope to appear.
Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face.
The “worst” is never the worst.
Why? Because the Master won’t ever
walk out and fail to return.
(Lamentations 3:25-31, Message)