“For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. Though its root grow old in the earth, and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put out branches like a young plant”. (Job 14:7-9)
Have you given much thought to the truth in the meaning of the word hope? God’s Hope. It is a much different kind of hope you know. Have you given much thought to what you mean when you speak of hope, when you say, “I hope”? Are you expressing a wish, a desired outcome, the expectation of something positive in relation to events and circumstances? What is your hope?
Webster defines hope as,
“Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.
Expect with confidence and to cherish a desire with anticipation. “
And Webster further defines the opposite of this hope as hopelessness, despair and dejection.
Webster’s definition of hope is a temporal state of hope and even the attitude of optimism draws from events and circumstances. What happens to hope when the expectations are unmet? Does it then becomes unfulfilled hope? Have you ever experienced this kind of hope? What about the experience of the opposite of this hope – hopelessness, despair and dejection? Have you ever experienced its opposite? I think if we are honest with ourselves most have experienced this sort of temporal hope and possibly the impact of its opposite state at some point in our life. But as Children of the Promise ~ we have a different kind of hope.
In the scent of water we have God’s Hope.
As we journey in Job, it would seem Job had lost all hope. But what Job had in his vision of the tree was an unrealized hope. At this point all Job could see was his temporal state and the contrasting his own mortality with that of a tree. Job could see a future in the hope of a tree but could not see and despaired in his own temporal hope. Job was in a state of dejection and grieved the realization that when he died, when a man dies, his life on earth is finished. That is it ~ nothing else. No hope for man. Only the life that was experienced on the earth; and right now Job did see much hope in that life.
“My spirit is broken; my days are extinct; the graveyard is ready for me.” (Job 17:1)
“Where then is my hope? Who will see my hope? (Job 17:15)
You can just sense Job’s despair ~ but what about that tree?
What about that unrealized hope in that tree, in the scent of water?
There are so many buckets of living water to draw from the wells of Job. It is my prayer that as you journey in Job you will draw much water. The bucket that quenched my thirst was the truth of an unrealized hope in just the scent of water ~ the living and lasting kind of hope of Jesus. This is the blessed hope, the hope of promise, a fulfilled and filled full hope which does not depend on the events in our lives, on our circumstances. We can right now confidently experience the truth in this hope, which is the hope of Jesus, as Children of the promise. ~ Amen: Y
“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.” (Isaiah 11: 1- 3)