Job laments the poor counsel he is receiving (16.1-22), then asks a universal question, where is my hope? (v.3, 15).
With the world as it is right now, full of COVID-19 information, misinformation, anxiety, stress, and uncertainty, Job’s question is timeless and still very true. So, where do we turn for hope?
Do we turn to the news outlets? But how do we know if it’s genuine or biased? Clear or contradictory?
Do we turn to social media to connect with others? But how do we know that this is a genuine picture of people’s life? Facts or filters?
Do we turn to home comforts? Do we turn to earthly pleasures? Do we turn to worldly ways of ignoring reality? We could go on…
There is only one infallible, evidenced, proven, steadfast, sure, anchor-like place to turn for hope in the midst of trial and tribulation (Hebrews 6.19).
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
Adam Clarke wrote this, a fitting thought to take into today,
“Job himself, though sometimes strongly confident, is often harassed with doubts and fears upon the subject, insomuch that his sayings and experience often appear contradictory.
Perhaps it could not be otherwise; the true light was not then come: Jesus alone brought life and immortality to light by his Gospel.”
Our hope always comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. Turn to Him today!