Preaching through the book of job is like watching a sad movie because Job was not only severely attacked by the devil, but he also relentlessly accused by his close friends. The impeccable character of Job is his hope in God through difficult times.
Even though not to the extent Job suffered, everyone seems to have suffered at some point in their lives. But how they respond to their suffering is what distinguishes a spiritual person from others.
Hope is a small word, but it is one of the most powerful. Why? Because in hope lies the power of the human soul to turn to God in suffering. Some people think hope is an emotion. “I am feeling hopeful,” they say, but true hope is a discipline, a determination to believe in God’s reality and power, even when the world seems to be crashing down around you. That is the genius and the power of hope. It flies in the face of calamity, saying, “The world can do its worst to me. But still I will hope in the Lord.” Job demonstrated this hope in God. If we at least try to emulate 10% of Job’s hope in life we can laugh at the storms of life.
Isaiah says…. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isa. 40:30–31 ESV)
May 1, 2018