Job 19: 17-26 (KJV)

17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children’s sake of mine own body.
s18 Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me.
s19 All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.
s20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
s21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.
22 Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
s24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

In time of adversity, life can sometimes seem so bleak and dark hat we feel like we’re on the brink of giving up hope.

Others around us may foretell doom and encourage us to face what they see as inevitable. Job’s wife was one such person.

After painful boils covered Job, from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head, she said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9).

Job wisely responded to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?”

The Scripture adds this important line: “In all this Job did not sin with his lips” (2:10).

When you face difficult circumstances and then have to endure negative opinions and comments from others, you need the courage to stay positive –to continue to believe that the Lord is with you.

Hope and faith are not automatic responses in times of hardship and trial; they require and exercise of the will, bolstered with courage.

So the psalmist said, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance” (Ps. 42:15)

At times, you must say aloud to yourself, “I know that God has a purpose in this. I know that God is a good and loving Father and that He is doing a good and eternal work in my life.”

If no one else speaks hope to you, then you need to speak hope to yourself.

You may also need courage to withstand the enemies moving against your life- in other words, those who are causing your adversity.

Moses realized that Joshua and the Israelites would face such trials, so he said to God’s people, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you” (Deut. 3:16).

Ask the Lord to give you the courage to continue to believe in Him and His presence as you go through adversity.
Ask Him to renew your hope and faith.

And know that He loves to honor such faithful requests.

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