Summary: During a time of adversity, pain and darkness, Job speaks words like jewels of diamonds and apples of gold. In the life of Job we can find hope.
Finding Hope in times of Adversity
During a time of adversity, pain and darkness, Job speaks words like jewels of diamonds and apples of gold: “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.” (Job 19:25-26)
How do you find hope in times of adversity? Where do you turn? What do you do? In the life of Job we find how we can find hope. Job helps us to keep life in proper perspective.
Job started out with riches and had vast wealth. He was the Bill Gates of his day. In one day Job lost everything and became like a homeless person, beaten down by Satan, and yet Job didn’t give up. Job 1:20-22, When Job heard all that happened to his family, the loss of his thousands of sheep, thousands of camels, hundreds of oxen, hundreds of donkeys, and his servants: “Job got to his feet, ripped his robe, shaved his head, then fell to the ground in worship:
Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
Naked I’ll return to the womb of the earth.
God gives, God takes.
God’s name is ever blessed.
Not once through all this did Job sin; not once did he blame God.” (The Message)
Are you looking for hope? Look to the life of Job. Was Job a person of history? Sure he was. James 5:11 makes reference to Job as a real person in history, “As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”
I. Job affirmed his faith in a heavenly Redeemer.
Job 19:25 – “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.”
It took Job awhile to come to his assurance in a kinsman redeemer. When inflicted with painful skin ulcers he went into a pit of despair. Job 3:1-2, Job regrets the fact that he was born. “After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. He said: ‘May the day of my birth perish, and the night it was said, ‘A boy is born!”
Job 14:12-14 Job expresses his doubts about his future and for a time experiences hopelessness. He responds to the smear campaign of his tormentors and seems to give in to their analysis: “But men and women? They die and stay dead. They breathe their last, and that’s it. Like lakes and rivers that have dried up, parched reminders of what once was. So mortals lie down and never get up gain – never. Why don’t you just bury me alive, get me out of the way until your anger cools? But don’t leave me there! Set a date when you’ll se me again. If we humans die, will we live again? That’s my question. All though these difficult days I keep hoping, waiting for the final change – the resurrection.” (The Message)
The first response we often have to sickness and death is a question: “Why did God allow this to happen to me?” Through a time of quietly waiting on God we grab hold of faith and realize that God is still with us and we have hope. It is that hope that gets us through the night. It is hope that gives us the assurance that we are not forever boxed in with no way to escape.