You’d never see a church named what I am about to name it… While, you absolutely might see a church named, “Grace Church” or “Abundant Life Church”, you would never see a church named, “Job Hope”
Who would want to go there? Who would want to go to the places of Job — losing family, getting boils, losing all material items and family — to find out you have hope?
But, that is exactly what you find when you go there…
You find that you are stronger than your circumstances.
You find that, by His grace, you can endure almost anything, afterall.
You find that there is a greater hope than you, God.
Job Hope is where — no matter what hopelessness or loss you face — you get to the end of yourself and say:
“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job. 1:21)
You can still bless the Lord. You still want Him even though He took away. You don’t love Him for what He gives, but for who He is. Even more, you trust that it will ultimately be good. Painful as you go through it, yes, but good. Hard to endure, indeed, but still strengthening your perseverance.
Without every answer…as other things fade away, you see Him more clearly.
“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at last He will take His stand on the earth.” (Job 19:25)
You more-so understand that God is God: a Redeeming God, a Rescuing God, a Restoring God, more than you ever have before… You begin to understand that His ways are higher than yours, stronger than yours, more purposeful than yours.
God said to Job…”Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding…” (Job. 38:4)
You don’t have to know-it-all to know that He loves you.
And then, your Father comes, He restores. After you have endured the test, He restores your life. You made it through Job Hope. You got the hope which cannot be stolen from the enemy; you endured the great trial and came out with the gold.
Don’t lose hope.
God redeems Job in the end: “So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.” (Job 42:12)
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I studied Job and wrote a paper about the book in Bible School 30 years ago. I love seeing his reality brought up by people of faith, and remember again how his experience was so rich and full, despite everything. Thank you Kelly.
I great reminder of Jobs hope. I did a study on Job soon after my chronic pain arrived. It was excellent.