Thursday, July 18, 2013

Find Hope in Hopelessness

Now the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. (Job 42:12)

  • In Scripture, we read about some apparently hopeless situations. One example is that of a wealthy man named Job whom God described as having integrity. Disaster struck and Job lost everything important to him. In misery, he said, “My days are spent without hope”.

  • What appeared to Job and his friends as evidence that God had turned against him was just the opposite. God was so confident of Job’s integrity that He trusted him in this battle with Satan. Later, Job’s hope and life were renewed. His fortunes and family were finally restored to him. Job's relationship with God was renewed by his repentance, and enriched and strengthened by God's self-revelation to him.

  • With God, there is no such thing as hopelessness. No matter how bleak the landscape of life may look, God can transform it into a glorious garden of color and fragrance.

  • Dear God, we pray for faith anew, for greater trust in all we do, for hope that never knows defeat, and for victory at Your mercy seat.

  • With God, there is hope even in the most hopeless situation.

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