Where is our hope? (Job 16-17; I Corinthians 4)

“Even now, behold my witness is in heaven, and he who testifies of me, is on high,” Job 16:17

“Wait just one moment, do not open the dam even for a moment.”  These words were on the mind of a counselor as he shared truth with a person who was fighting discouragement.  Question, “are you fighting discouragement?”  If your answer is, “Yes,” then I point you to today’s Scripture reading.”

In Job 16-17 we see Job at what might seem to be his lowest moment.  The dam of discouragement is about to break.  Consider all he is thinking:

  • My friends are practicing spiritual malpractice, 16:2.
  • God has worn me out, 16:7-8.
  • Man’s accusations have left me all alone, 16:20.
  • No one on earth can help me, 17:11.
  • All my dreams are shattered, 17:21

Brothers and sisters, the dam is open and the waters of discouragement have flooded out the joy in Job’s life.

Think it through:

These things also come to our lives.  The Apostle Paul wrote about the flood of discouragement in I Corinthians 4: “To this present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless.” 4:11

Job’s circumstances seemed to be as one who was being judged by God.  Paul’s circumstance seems to be as one who was being judged by the world.

“Where is our hope?”

Job’s hope was found in the one who was for him.  He had one in heaven who was a witness.  This is pointing us to Jesus who is our witness before God, Romans 1:9.  He is the one who came down to this earth to purchase the pardon for our sin debt, I John 1:7; 2:1-2.  He is the one who is now in heaven making intercession for us, Hebrews 7:25.

If you are a Christ follower, you hope is secure no matter what may come your way.

Paul’s hope was clearly founded in that he knew God would judge the intent of his heart, I Corinthians 4:5.   Paul did not fear his earthly circumstances because he knew that all he faced was God’s way of making him a spectacle (life witness) before the world.

This was his hope:  “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power,” I Corinthians 4:20

Our response:

1.  Today, you must choose to either open the dam of discouragement or to allow God to remove the dam.

2.  Today, you must decide to either be sovereign or to admit God is sovereign

If God is sovereign you realize he has a great purpose for your life.  If you are sovereign, then the dam is about to break because the enemy has taken your focus away from who is the lifter of your soul.

Check out Proverbs 3:5-6 and then decide!!!

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