One of the most provocative stories in the Hebrew Bible is the story of Job. Job was a man of extravagance. He was surrounded by a large and loving family who lived with him on his huge estate. But unfortunately for him, his entire fortune is taken from him and he’s left with virtually nothing. In fact, even those closest to him–his wife and three friends–turn on him. In other words, Job has simplicity forced upon him.
Sometimes, simplicity is forced. Occasionally, we are blind-sided with unforeseeable circumstances that leaving us reeling. But what would it be like to begin to explore simplicity in the good times? What would Job’s life have been like if he had considered simplicity before it took him by surprise? What lessons might we learn if we value simplicity in every moment?
What does simplicity really look like in our day and age?