Today you should read: Job 17
Can you imagine where Job’s spirit and countenance were during this time of critique from his friends and amidst the testing that God was allowing in his life? I bet some of you can not only imagine Job’s situation, but you feel like you are in the midst of a Job situation. If that is you today, know that there are people in our church who love you and care for you. We wish we could relate to your situation and speak wise words to you. Sometimes we try to speak wise counsel and only compound the situation, but please know that you are loved and that God has a great plan for your pain.
In chapter 17, Job was broken. He expressed his feelings and disappointments to God about his situation and about his friends’ ill-advised counsel. He was in a tough spot. His eyes and body were tired. His had not given up all hope, but he seemed to be on the fine line of either falling off the edge of the cliff or walking back towards safety. The situation was intense.
Maybe you’ve been to that point in your life where you’ve been very close to losing your mind, giving up, and throwing in the towel. Maybe you know friends and family who have been in that situation. It’s a torturous, tumultuous trial to endure.
Enduring is a key concept when growing through a Job-type of trial. Verse 9 speaks to the strings of hope and endurance on which Job is barely clinging. Look what Job said:
Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his way, and he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger. (NASB)
I like how the NLT puts this verse:
The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger. (NLT)
Despite terrible trials and in the midst of feeling neglected and misunderstood by people close to you, it is possible to move forward and grow stronger and stronger. That is exactly what the righteous will do. Those who truly trust in God and believe that His ways are right and best will cling to the hope that God has a purpose for the pain and it’s worth enduring the trial.
For those dealing with a difficult trial, I encourage you to keep hope alive and keep moving forward. Can you imagine how much stronger you will be on the other side of this trial? You might look like a body builder when this trial has passed.
Posted by: Rich Duffield