January 8, 2017

I Will Hope In Him – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. …” (Job 13:15).

God, who is the judge, concluded that of all the people on earth, Job was the best.

“…there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.”

But, Job endured horrible ordeals. He had so much; incredible wealth and a large wonderful family which he loved dearly. He lost it all in a single day. Then he was afflicted for months on end with a loathsome and painful disease. He lost the respect of all who had once honored and followed him. He was even accused by some of his closest friends of being a wicked sinner and arrogant, self-righteous hypocrite. Worst of all, the God whom he had loved and faithfully served all his life, had apparently completely ignored his prayers for deliverance. God did not respond with answers when he prayed for understanding. It is revealed to us that his suffering was from the Devil, but evidently, it was not revealed to Job. He was left in the dark.

Job responded perfectly, for a while.

“…he fell to the ground and worshiped. He said, Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.’ Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.” (Job 1:20-22)

Job’s perfect response, eventually turned bitter.

“I will give full vent to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. “I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn me; Let me know why You contend with me. ‘Is it right for You indeed to oppress, To reject the labor of Your hands, And to look favorably on the schemes of the wicked?” (Job 10:1-3). “As God lives, who has taken away my right, And the Almighty, who has embittered my soul,” (Job 27:2). “’I cry out to You for help, but You do not answer me; I stand up, and You turn Your attention against me. ‘You have become cruel to me; With the might of Your hand You persecute me.’” (Job 30:20-21).

We understand Job’s response. It is not revealed that he ever understood the why of what was happening to him, but he did learn that his thinking was wrong and sinful.

“Therefor I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:6).

But, in spite of his intense pain, physically and mentally, in spite of his sinful bitterness, he never lost his faith.

“Though he slay me, yet will hope in him,” he insisted. “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,(Job 19:25).

At least one reason for this indomitable faith was the obvious hand of God demonstrated in nature.

“’But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you. ‘Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you. ‘Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this,’” (Job 12:7-9).

The apostle Paul said the Gentiles who had not received the revelation given to the Jews, nevertheless, should be able to see the hand of God.

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20).

James reminds us of “the endurance of Job,” one of the greatest example of all “the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord,” (James 5:10-11). We can, like Job, know that He knows all the answers, even when we are in the dark. He who spoke the vast universe into existence justifies our patient hope.

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris.



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