Job 14 … Consider Him Who Gives Us Hope

“For there is hope for a tree,
When it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And its shoots will not fail.
“Though its roots grow old in the ground
And its stump dies in the dry soil,
At the scent of water it will flourish
And put forth sprigs like a plant,”
(14:7-9).

As I opened His Word, I was in desperate need of hope; praying for a dear family in desperate need of His touch. And honestly, I wasn’t sure hope would be found in Job’s mock trial, as he continued to argue his defense before those who were so sure they had his life all figured out.

Job began by likening his life to a flower, here today and gone tomorrow… no hope there.

“Man, who is born of woman,
Is short-lived and full of turmoil.
“Like a flower he comes forth and withers.
He also flees like a shadow and does not remain,”
(14:1-2).

Job’s musings about death echoed of despondency amid the senselessness that had become his life. But Job was a man of faith, unlike any other. And rising out of that place of hopelessness, there emerged a tiny seed of hope sprouting its head from beneath the ashes. Like the early spring after a long harsh winter.

“For there is hope for a tree,
When it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And its shoots will not fail,”
(14:7).

And from the vantage point of despair his temporal life now provided, he voiced that shred of hope as he dreamed of a life, that although cut down in death, would again flourish as it received its sustenance provided by the water.

“Though its roots grow old in the ground
And its stump dies in the dry soil,
At the scent of water it will flourish
And put forth sprigs like a plant,”
(14:8-9).

Does that remind you of Someone?

“but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life,” (John 4:14).

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water,” (John 7:38).

And Job’s seed of hope took root; and once again I saw Him increase, as I saw Him Who Gives Us Hope.

Consider Him Who Gives Us Hope

He Gives Us Hope to be made clean

  • He Gives Us Hope to be made clean
    • “Who can make the clean out of the unclean?
      No one!” (14:4).
    • but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin, (1 John 1:7).
  • He Gives Us Hope to be saved from His Wrath
    • “Oh that You would hide me in Sheol,
      That You would conceal me until Your wrath returns to You,
      That You would set a limit for me and remember me”! (14:13).
    • Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him, (Romans 5:9).
  • He Gives Us Hope for new life
    • “If a man dies, will he live again?
      All the days of my struggle I will wait
      Until my change comes,” (14:14).
    • Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come, (Corinthians 5:17).
  • He Gives Us Hope to know our sins are taken away
    • “You will call, and I will answer You;
      You will long for the work of Your hands.
      16 “For now You number my steps,
      You do not observe my sin.
      17 “My transgression is sealed up in a bag,
      And You wrap up my iniquity,” (14:15-17).
    • You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin, (1 John 3:5).

How do we respond to Him Who Gives Us Hope?

It’s not that faith does not consider the reality of life; rather it is in the midst of life’s harshest realities that faith clings to hope. And that is what we must do, each and every day.

The best way to do that, according to His Word, is by meditating on His Word. When we spend time with Him daily, contemplating His Word, He will defend us against false counsel which leads us down paths of despair.

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers,
(Psalm 1:1-3).

Psalm 119 is God’s Word, all about His Word. As we diligently set our hearts to seek Him through the Truth of His Inspired Word, He will be faithful to water our tiny seeds of hope, that they would flourish into full blown faith to Give Us Hope for every circumstance:

Let us receive His Hope that counsels us

Your testimonies also are my delight;
They are my counselors,
(Psalm 119:24).

Let us receive His Hope that revives us

My soul cleaves to the dust;
Revive me according to Your word,
(Psalm 119:25).

Let us receive His Hope that strengthens us

My soul weeps because of grief;
Strengthen me according to Your word,
(Psalm 119:28).

Let us receive His Hope that comforts us in affliction

Remember the word to Your servant,
In which You have made me hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Your word has revived me,
(Psalm 119:49-50).

Let us receive His Hope that provokes thankfulness

At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You
Because of Your righteous ordinances,
(Psalm 119:62).

Let us receive His Hope that instructs our faith

You are good and do good;
Teach me Your statutes;
(Psalm 119:68).

Let us receive His Hope that sustains us

If Your law had not been my delight,
Then I would have perished in my affliction,
(Psalm 119:92).

Let us receive His Hope that brings eternal joy

I have inherited Your testimonies forever,
For they are the joy of my heart,
(Psalm 119:111).

Let us receive His Hope that gives light and understanding

The unfolding of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple,
(Psalm 119:130).

Let us receive His Hope that gives great peace

Those who love Your law have great peace,
And nothing causes them to stumble,
(Psalm 119:164).

Oh that we would never miss one day with Him; to understand the privilege we have to be counseled in the power of His Holy Spirit. And as He grows us in our faith, He will fill us with His good gifts of joy and peace, that hope will abound above despair, as we fully believe Him Who Gives Us Hope.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit, (Romans 15:13).

Let’s Grow Together!

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