Job 17 has a man with a broken spirit. “My spirit is broken; my days are extinct; the graveyard is ready for me”. He is feeling defeated and is surrounded by friends who are really just mockers. That is often what happens when we give advice to someone and they don’t appear to listen or respond the way we expect. We become mockers and almost prideful in our thinking that their plight is because they fail to listen to the wise words we shared. That is where Job finds himself with his friends. They spoke, felt he didn’t listen, and now are mocking his situation.
Job begs for heaven to sustain and support him. “Lay down a pledge for me with yourself; who is there who will put up security for me”? Job cries out to God. He is asking for peace between himself and heaven. Job knows that only God can change the situation. He also knows that God is good, all the time, and that God will do that in due time. Job realizes that God has hidden understanding from the hearts of his friends. He knew that had God wanted them to understand, He would have made it so.
But Job doesn’t give up. As frustrated and overwhelmed as he is, he knows that God alone is his hope. “Yet the righteous holds to his way, and he who has clean hands grows stronger and stronger”. Job knows that victory comes in righteousness. He is experiencing a crisis of faith, yet he knows that he would experience victory if he endured this long and severe season of suffering. He never gives up on that. He knows there is no instant cure here, but he trusts God.
Job wrestles with hopelessness. “Where then is my hope? Who will see my hope”? He knows the reality – he is strongly confident in God, yet he faces doubts and fears like every person on the planet. Meyer gives us three reasons to hang on:
- “You shall hold on your way because Jesus holds you in his strong hand. He is your Shepherd; He has vanquished all your foes, and you shall never perish.”
- “You shall hold on your way because the Father has designed through you to glorify His Son; and there must be no gaps in his crown where jewels ought to be.”
- “You shall hold on your way because the Holy Spirit has designed to make you his residence and home; and He is within you the perennial spring of a holy life.”
God alone is our hope. We have to look to Him, knowing his design and plan, and realize that He never fails!