My days are past, My purposes are broken off, Even the thoughts of my heart. Where then is my hope? As for my hope, who can see it? (Job 17:11, 15)
The character - Job is the biblical standard for despair and unfairness. Therefore, when we get to that stage that we begin to wonder why we are left alone sometimes at night with no one to talk to about our inner feelings, or we get to that manic stage of being afraid to be alone, or when are thoughts processes cannot take us out gloom and doom psychology, Job is a prophet commonly presented to us by Christian leaders as one person who has seen it all. And indeed, he was overwhelmed with grief.
There are those days that you have put in your best. You have planned, worked hard, and been abused. You have been told that you are incapable of doing well; and yet, it appears that the comments are correct, although unfair. The situation is sometimes so desperate that you cannot see the way forward; you have no one to turn to or trust for help. There is nothing good coming in from the pipelines of hope. However, anyone that takes time to read about Job will know that there can never be any human experience that can beat that of Job.
Worse than Job?
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope (Romans 15:4).
This was the conclusion of Apostle Paul who was not only ministered torture as the chief persecutor of the disciples of Jesus Christ; he also suffered immensely until his death for his anti-social gospel of Jesus Christ. There was hardly any class of jail that Paul did not spend time in.
Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Bound in affliction and irons—. Because they rebelled against the words of God, And despised the counsel of the Most High (Psalm 107:10-11)
Whatever will make a man scorn the counsel of God must be severe, really deep and severe pain in my view. The psalmist hundreds of years after the suffering of his tribe in Egypt brings us close to the real point about deliverance, but especially the fact that God always had an agenda for those of us who trust Him. It can tough, it can be distressing as we have seen in the case of Job, and all the disciples including Paul, but in the end it takes certain strength to wish Satan away. That strength resides in understand of the ability of God. The God who says that “I AM THE I AM” and yet allowed Stephen to be beheaded.
My point is this, if God promised Abraham that Israel will go into captivity; and that deliverance will only come when the Amorites upset Him badly enough, and history confirms that this is exactly what He did over 400 years after the promise, then He is a God that not only knows the end from the beginning; He is the All-Powerful God just like He says. In other words, He can do anything, but we need to align our aspirations with His wishes. The problem then becomes how to decipher those wishes (Isaiah 45: 18-19).
Moses was cursed numerous times by the Jews; in fact, he almost gave up. Situations degenerated to the extent that he began to doubt that the ‘burning bush’ interaction on Mount Sinai was a true call by God for this mission. He got so confused that he had to challenge God directly about the truth of all the mess (Exodus 5:20-23). He same Moses was besides himself when God delivered Israel by totally destroying the advancing Egyptian army headed the Pharaoh (Exodus 15:1).
There is always a tomorrow
Therefore, however bad it may appear there is always a tomorrow that we cannot totally control. It is only the creator that knows how to glorify His Name in that confrontation. I know this demands a lot of faith, but that is what Christianity is about. That is simply what God has asked us to do – to trust Him only and absolutely. That which we think it’s so unbelievably disgraceful will pass away at its own time, and we can share the story just like the Jews did.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:5).
We will hit our low points in life, but that is when we become more vulnerable to be caught by the tricks of Satan, because he will attempt to lure us into compromising on our beliefs. The word is that those loved by God have no worry about disappointment. God does not have disappointment in his business vocabulary. God hears our cry for help; He has already sent us an answer to all the problems in this current dispensation in the nature of Jesus Christ. Somehow, he always shows up for those who look up to him.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
And the advice of Apostle Paul, the chief prisoner goes:
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Therefore, you have the power to walk away from depression before it hooks you. There is nothing positive that you will gain from it, you need to hang it all to Jesus, and move on with life. The one who owns tomorrow will take care of your needs, embarrassment or not. If you can forgive, someone will forgive you; that is the key to Christianity. In fact, you can claim it as a right, knowing full well, there must be a tomorrow!