“For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.”
In the verse above, Job makes a plea for hope. His life seemed to be over, and the one thing he desired more than anything else was the hope that he could get back to the normalcy of life. The trials he faced had taken hope away, and the “friends” who were talking to him were not assuring him of any hope. All Job was asking for in the verse above was to have the hope that what he was going through would end one day.
Hope is the one thing that those who are facing the judgment of sin desire. Likewise, hope is sometimes the only thing to hold onto when someone is facing great trials. If you take hope away, you take their purpose of living away. Hope is the one thing you must try to give when helping people get through hard times in their life. There are three things that Job made clear that he hoped for. These three things are the hope that everyone has who is enduring hard times. Let me share with you these three areas of hope that every person needs.
First, everyone needs the hope that there is still life. The verse above says, “For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again…” Trials have a way of robbing the perception that there is still hope. One reason many people slip off into despondency is because they believe there is no hope. There must be hope for the sinner that there is still life. There must be hope for the one who lost their loved one that there is still life. There must be hope for the one facing what seems like insurmountable obstacles that there is still life.
Let me just say that no matter where you may find yourself, there is still life. Let me remind you that God’s grace is the sunlight of hope that can bring life back to the Christian who has fallen in sin. Likewise, no matter how big your trial may be, God still has life for you to live. Don’t give up!
Second, everyone needs the hope that joy will return. The verse above continues by saying, “…that the tender branch thereof will not cease.” The tender branch is the joy of a dying tree that life has not left. Sin or trials may have seemed to take the happiness of life away, but the joy of life can still be experienced through Jesus Christ. No matter what you are facing, God’s goodness can give you joy no matter what your outside circumstances may be. If you will not focus on the outside and start dwelling on the unchangeable riches of what God has given you on the inside, you can have the joy you desire through every heartache you face.
Third, everyone needs the hope that they can be used again. This hope is found in verse 9. My friend, your trials may have seemingly removed the hope of ever being used like you used to be used, but God still has plans to use you again. You may think that sin has stolen the opportunity to ever be used again, but God is the master of reusing the broken sinner.
Christian, no matter where you are in life, there is still hope. God’s Word is the source where you will find that hope. Never give up! Life may be trying to take your hope, but there is always hope as long as you are still alive. There is always hope as long as Jesus is the Blessed hope.