Hope is found in Jesus! He is our living hope (1 Peter 1:2) and the enemy is regularly attempting to detach us from having hope by attempting to frame the difficult circumstances we go through with his accusing, hopeless narrative!
Job, one of God’s great men of faith, who tightly held onto his hope in God even in the midst of horrible adversity, said this:
“Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face.” Job 13:15
Job felt confident enough in His relationship with God, that He said He would still trust the Lord. Could you imagine that? Job lost his home, children, riches reputation and health, but he still put his hope in God! Hope sometimes is like a rope. Sometimes we just need to tie a knot and hang on!
I feel Job knew God well enough to know God is really too good to be true. I really believe He knew God’s goodness so well, when he hit his horrible patch, he was able to still hope in God because He knew God’s goodness and mercy. While it may seem hard to understand this level of mercy and goodness toward us, Job had experienced it.
David also knew God well enough to be able to say in Psalms 33:5 that “the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord”. He recounts in verses 5 through 21 How awesome God is and culminates in verse 22 where he says, “Let your mercy,O Lord be upon us just as we HOPE in you”.
Six years ago, I had a dream where the angel of the Lord came to me with a scroll for me to eat but it wasn’t put in my mouth but directly into my spirit (stomach area) and as it was being placed there, I was told it was the revelation of the goodness of the Lord!
How can we have hope? Because we know that the earth is FULL of God’s goodness. Even Job knew it while going through a “hell-on-earth” trial.
Our hope is NOT in the outcome of our circumstances, but our hope is in THE ONE who is full of mercy, goodness, and has the ability in an instance to change everything suddenly!
Pastor Marc Lawson
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