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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Hope in All Circumstances"

Date published: 02/14/2010

Job 13:15 “Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him; I will surely defend my ways to His face.”  (NIV)

Job’s life had reached the point that He felt like God was truly slaying him. Disastrous events had forced Job to choose who the God of his life was going to be. Was he going to succumb to the world by responding as the world does, or would he continue to trust God with his life? When the world had fallen in on Job, he resolutely said “yet will I hope in Him .” Lamentations 3:24 says, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him."  He could have turned to anger, bitterness, hatred, dishonesty, and revenge to cope – but Job, in his worst of times, placed his hope firmly in the Lord. 1 John 3:20 says, “For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything.” Job did not make this decision for God to make his conditions better, but because his faith transcended to the next level, believing that there was nothing in this world that surpassed the greatness, love, and peace of God! As amazing as his first proclamation was, his next proclamation doubled down on the first. Not only was he going to completely trust and hope in God, but he also was raising the level of his life in a way that said, “I will be even more faithful than before.” He would live his life in such a way that he could stand before God without shame!! He did not lose his faith or live contrary to God because times were hard. He doubled down and said, “My life will represent God more resolutely in the hardest of times – not just when things are good.” The next time your circumstances are less than ideal, remember Job. Respond with a faith that trusts the Lord and not your circumstances. Reflect a life that is not only living in His hope, but also has elevated your devotion and obedience to God to reflect His glory and grace.

Joshua 24:14-15 “Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods (who are your Gods?) your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve whether the gods (the true God) your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods (gods of this world) of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."  (NIV)

Psalm 73:26 says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (NIV)