May 21, 2021
Psalms 33: 20, 22. (NIV).
Dr. John W. Oldham
Scenic City District
Psalms 33: 20, 22. (NIV)
20- "Wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield!
22- May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you!"
"Our God of Hope!"
There is no other time greater than now that we would seek out safety around us not to mention hope. Suffering is to endure hardship, experience loss and to certainly to have a painful experience.
So Job certainly knew all about suffering. We know Job certainly felt pain and suffering too heavy to bear to the extent that he wanted to die! He lost everything although he did all the right things and he was faithful to God. His 10 children died, lost his business, lost his wealth and also his health. His support from others was minimal and only the love of God remained steadfast. Job never wavered in his faith and continued to keep obeying God. In addition, our scripture for this devotion is where our Psalmist encourages us in chapter 33 of verse 20 to rely on God for both help and as a shield.
In addition, we are to remember and surely know that the love of God never fails us! Job knew and believed this. All humans truly need hope. Hope is clearly having confident trust, an expectation of fulfillment and being loyal to do what they say in whom you trust.
Yet hope and trust in God runs much deeper. It means to place hope and confidence in God instead of people. To trust God changes everything! When hope is in God our life is in His care and thereby we are sustained. Job also knew and believed this.
Job also clearly knew from the evidence in Job 37:5b that, "God does great things beyond our understanding. “So we can learn from Job, how to deal with suffering and never forget our Lord is always the God of hope!
Here are some things we can learn from Paul on how to find hope in God while suffering.
First, we are to trust God even during the difficult times not just in the good times.
Second, to trust in this way always tests our limits.
Third, it also tests our faith.
Fourth, it is also important to trust God is in control and that our Lord will take care of us.
Fifth, Job also teaches us in especially bad times to give up our control to God.
Finally, know that God always suffers with us and meets us where we are!
I close with these words from the Apostle Paul who certainly found hope through a faith in God amidst great suffering at times. In Roman's 8:28, Paul asserts, " ...And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them!"
O gracious Lord, help us and shield us from our doubts which often test our faith. Also, and us on seeing the great things O God that You do over and over again!