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IBC Women’s Blog September 8, 2016

IBC Women’s Blog September 8, 2016

Hope in Him by Jodie Montgomery

I’ve been watching some wonderful women go through some very difficult times. I began to wonder if hope is most evident when the world challenges you to be hopeless. I thought this may require a little word study in the Scriptures on hope. I thought about Job and how he suffered and wondered if the book of Job tells me anything particular about hope.  Job does. But be warned, his friends also speak of hope and they are not known for building up their friend.

I hope you will be encouraged with me.

Hope as a product of wise fear and integrity
Job 4:6 “Is not your fear of God your confidence, And the integrity of your ways your hope?”

Hope due to His care
Job 5:15-17 “But He saves from the sword of their mouth, and the poor from the hand of the mighty. So the helpless has hope, and unrighteousness must shut its mouth.”

Hope needing a friend’s kindness
Job 6:14-21 “For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend; So that he does not forsake the fear of the Almighty… My brothers have acted deceitfully like a wadi, like the torrents of wadis which vanish,… The caravans of Tema looked, the travelers of Sheba hoped for them. They were disappointed for they had trusted, they came there and were confounded.”

Hope can be overcome by misery
Job 7:5-6 “My flesh is clothed with worms and a crust of dirt, my skin hardens and runs. My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and come to an end without hope.”

Hope and confidence are related
Job 8:13-14 “So are the paths of all who forget God; and the hope of the godless will perish, whose confidence is fragile, and whose trust a spider’s web.”

Hope can be wrongly promised by misunderstanding friends that think God doesn’t allow His children to suffer
Job 11:18 “Then you would trust, because there is hope; And you would look around and rest securely.”

Hope remembers that as long as we have breath, there is hope of salvation. Beware of who you listen to…
Job 11:20 “But the eyes of the wicked will fail, And there will be no escape for them; And their hope is to breathe their last.”

Hope, as Job knows, is fed by faith in God and commitment to God
Job 13:15 “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.

Hope seems lost in the “finality” of death
Job 14:7, 19 “For there is hope for a tree, When it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And its shoots will not fail…Water wears away stones, Its torrents wash away the dust of the earth; So You destroy man’s hope.”

Hope should be valued
Job 17:15 “Where now is my hope? And who regards my hope?”

Hope in God can be discouraged by “friends”
Job 19:10 “He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone; And He has uprooted my hope like a tree.”

God is the only valid source of HOPE
Job 27:8 “For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off, When God requires his life?”

When Job listened to man, he had no hope. When he encountered God, he saw a full future and shuddered to have been so readily deceived by man and this world.
1 John 3:3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.