Reading through the Book of Job (which I do every year at this time) can be, admittedly, very challenging. For anyone who has ever gone through a ‘deep valley of depression’ following an intense trial or a tragic loss, Job’s words are so totally relatable and completely understandable. And if the afore mentioned individual is a believer, they (likely) know all of the “right” things about God and about how they should trust Him through the trying and difficult circumstances that surround them… etcetera and so forth. Be that as it may, for many of them (myself sometimes included) they feel as if they are being dragged underwater by an intense undercurrent, and they are drowning – unable to catch their breath. Can anyone relate?
This thought brings me back to Job. You see, Job himself is caught in such a moment when he breaks free and claws his way to the surface, declaring his hope to all. Listen to his faith-filled words, speaking of the blessed hope that every true believer shares; The hope of a bodily resurrection: “O how I wish that someone would remember my words and record them in a book! Or with an iron chisel, carve my words in stone and fill them in with lead so that they would last forever. For I know that my Redeemer lives! One day, He will stand upon the earth as the judge of all. And although my skin has been stripped off my body and my flesh has been eaten by worms, I will see God in my own flesh – in my resurrected and glorified body; I will see Him with my own eyes, not with someone else’s, and I will not be a stranger to Him.” (Job 19:23-27, GWT)
** This is my hope… and I trust it is yours! May the verses below encourage you as a way of reminding you that God has His great & mighty hand upon you, and He is at work – performing & perfecting His purposes – in your life.
“But He knows the way that I take, and when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold: for my foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside; I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food… For He performs the thing that is appointed for me, and many are such things with Him.” (Job 23:10-12, 14)
“And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ, developing that good work and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” (The Apostle Paul, prisoner in chains, resident of a Roman jail; Philippians 1:6, amplified)