Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: "expect with confidence" and "to cherish a desire with anticipation."Source
- Highlights of horror
a. Job used grief and calamity to describe his challenges, v2.
b. He has totally weighed down to the point that his words were incoherent and harsh against God and man, v3.
c. His problems were like poisoned arrows thrown at him in successions causing immense internal and external, psychological and physical pains, injury, wounds, damages, and deaths, v4.
d. Protracted loss of appetite for food and "fellowship" that were once delightful, vv6,7.
Q Can you fit your challenges into Job's and discover that Job's own outmatch yours?
Problems are heralds of miracles for a child of God; the greater the problem, the greater the miracles
- Hopelessness and helplessness
a. Job has lost all inner strength to live, vv9,12,13.
b. While never contemplating suicide because of its consequences in eternal hell, he desired and prayed that God should take away his life, v9.
c. He felt the only escape out of his pain and shame was death, v10.
Q Are you thinking death is the only option like Job? Or could you identify people in that situation?
- Hope against hope
a. Life is the greatest gift any can have on earth. If there is life all dreams are still possible. Only death can permanently terminate hope of achievements and fulfilments in life.
b. Eternal life in you through Christ and faith in God opens the door of supernatural possibilities in your life. Have Jesus?
Q Can you recall the person in the Bible who hoped against hope and became the father of many nations?
c. Job was confident of his righteousness; he affirmed that he never compromised the word of God, v10b. So to end up like Job, go to Jesus to obtain the gift of righteousness, Romans 6:23, Titus 3:3-6.
d. Patience, endurance, prayers, faith in God made Job to triumph and became great again👏🙏James 5:11, Job 42:12-17.
If you have lost "greatness" and you are alive, you can get it again
The gates of hell, with all their wickedness, can never conquer a child in the kingdom who resolutely put their faith in God