God Is Our God (The Hope of Job)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Job, we will find the healing will of God, as well as the destructive and devastating will of Satan. In Christendom, some interpolate that God was the one who inflicted Job and his family with great devastation, pain, suffering, and even the death of his children. However, this claim is irreverent and opposite to the true love of God. God is the God of all hope and deliverance, for it was Satan who encroached on Job’s life and devastated his entire being and his family and his farm.

Job 1:1, 8, and 2:3:
-1: THERE was a man in the land of UZ, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared {respected} God, and eschewed evil.
-8: And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
-3: And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

Amazingly, many people after reading these verses displaying in a three-fold manner God’s complete confidence in Job, so much so that He said there is none like him in the earth, and yet people still find deficiency in Job. They read through his tragedies and start nitpicking at his perfect walk with God, as they begin finding fault with every single thing he said and did, as well as slandering his children. In so doing this disservice to God’s Holy Word and His Beloved Job, they somehow must think that they are smarter than God, forming opinions in direct opposition to God’s Word.

Job’s hope in the coming Redeemer turned his life around and bolstered his strength to believe for healing, blessings, and for God’s refuge with His spiritual hedge of protection. Job’s hope presented him with godly inspirations and foresight as he anticipated the return of his Savior, which helped him to believe for even better tomorrows by way of having an understanding of the coming of his own resurrection.

Job 19:25:
For I know that my redeemer liveth {in the heart of my understanding}, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

The hope of Job gave him lively anticipation of the coming of Jesus Christ, his Redeemer. At the time of this verse, Job was recovering from a devastating storm from Satan. As Job passed through this horrible devastation, he was able again to look beyond the circumstances to envisage his Redeemer’s day of total deliverance.

Job left us a great example to also anticipate our release, always; for our God is a God of deliverance and our Savior is an invincible Savior of hope for our souls.

Job 19:26:
And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.

Job is referring to his resurrection, and although he realized that his body would someday return back into dust, he also knew and believed in his heart that in the resurrection he would see his God face to face. Job believed that in the latter days, he would surmount to stand upon the Earth hand in hand with his Savior, and that he would also see his God, as Job stood clothed in a new resurrected body that will be impervious to destruction forever and ever.

Job 19:27:
Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

Not another means not as a stranger or an unsaved person, who will be having a rude awakening someday, but as someone who patiently waited in hope to joyfully see his God, someone who truly knew Him intimately, and someone who hoped for his Redeemer to come and redeem. Job knew that even after his death and corruption back into dust, he would have a complete standing with God and with his Redeemer with an incorruptible body.

Life on this Earth is short in the scope of eternity; for the life of man in the Bible is called a vapour, and/or a blade of grass that is here today and gone with the wind in a moment of time (I Peter 1:24, James 4:19). As Job, we have only our life to walk with God, and have only a short space of time to open our hearts to experience our Redeemer, yet we have the assured hope of eternity to enjoy the rewards for our believing actions that we take today.

James 5:11:
Behold, we count them happy {blessed} which endure {through life’s trials and temptations}. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful {compassionately generous}, and of tender mercy.

Job lived through a horrendous situation, yet he stayed focused on the hope he had to stand again, alive with his Redeemer ― and he believed that he was most definitely going to see God with his own eyes, and be endowed with a new resurrected body. Job was blessed, not because he endured through the onslaught of evil, but because he overcame adversity. At the end of his troubles he became extremely blessed because God doubled his abundance and rewarded him richly (Job 42:10–17). Yet there is more to come than the blessings he received after his tragedies because in his resurrection he will see his God, walk hand in hand with his children and Redeemer, enjoy his rewards throughout eternity, and be among the people of his time who believed to eternally inherit the Earth. Today, we have the hope to be with our Redeemer and to see our God in His heavenly home, to behold the “the God of {all} hope” (Romans 15:13) “face to face” (I Corinthians 13:12).

Psalms 48:14:
For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

Let us take a closer look at the last phrase: he will be our guide even unto death. This phrase can sometimes be misconstrued to imply that God guides His children unto death. Then, as one is armed with this conclusion, he feels constrained to acknowledge and pronounce that, “Death must-needs be a part of life, and thus death must be the only way of man.”

However, this is not the correct understanding because our God is the God and Creator of life!

The words even unto death mean even over or even through death, because death is never a blessing from God; in truth death is called an enemy (See below I Corinthians 15:26), not a long lost friend welcoming man home like is heard in some funeral services. God will guide us through to our heavenly home of eternity! This is why the middle section of this verse says, God is our God for ever and ever, because even after death there is a resurrection, we will be in the gathering together, and eternal life is to be received and eternally enjoyed for ever and ever.

If Christ does not return before our last breath, then we will be gathered up together when Jesus returns to raise us up to eternally be with God (I Thessalonians 4:14–18). However, Christ may return at any moment, and so our hope is to never die, but either way we will be guided into eternity, sustained by the loving hands of our Creator, and in this, there is comfort because God is always our God!

God values His relationship with His children whom He has chosen even before the world began (Ephesians 1:4). Our unending relationship with God our Creator will continue and guide us through the eternity of eternities, and we will forever appreciate God in all His fullness and His abundance.

The last chapter of a Christian man or woman’s life does not end at the grave, but at the time of the gathering together their life will continue through all of eternity, triumphant over death, and thus the Psalmist boldly proclaims, God is our God forever and ever!

Job anticipated his rising up from the grave and overcoming death, for God was his delight, and again will be his delight, and he will also walk with him who is his future hope, his Redeemer and Arbitrator.

Job 14:13–17:
-13: O that thou {God} wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past {the wrath that is revealed in the Books of Daniel and Revelation}, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me {after the wrath, at the Resurrection of the Just}!
-14: If a man die, shall he live again? {YES!} All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come {of receiving his new body}.
-15: Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee {from out of the grave}; thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands {of resurrecting}.
-16: For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin? {To forgive and cleanse.}
-17: My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity {into the bag}.

Let us allow God’s comforting Word to speak directly to our hearts regarding death’s final end as well as the believer’s end. (The believer’s end will in actuality be a new beginning.)

The end of death and hell:

I Corinthians 15:26:
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Revelation 20:14:
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.
{So there is something beyond death and hellthe lake of fire.}

The believers’ end:

Romans 6:22:
Ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

John 6:40:
That every one which seeth the Son {perceives him either in person or in the Scriptures}, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day:

The above verses are straightforward, and they mean what they say. The hope of Job is also humanity’s hope, and with this hope, we have and enjoy comfort of knowing we have a destiny to look towards for our everlasting future.

Our Comfort in Hope (The Longer Version)

 Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

There are hundreds of promises written in the Bible, and these are available to those who know they exist, obtainable to those who have found them, and they are most certainly reachable for those who will believe to receive them. In II Peter 1:4, we read that God has “given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,” and these promises are given to believers in order that we may partake in the bountifulness of God’s divine nature. Still, there are other things that the Bible reveals that are totally out of our reach, and thus even with believing we cannot receive them, such things as having our heavenly treasures now or receiving our new heavenly bodies. We cannot spend and enjoy any of our heavenly currency that we have laid up (in heaven, Matthew 6:20; Colossians 3:24) until we arrive, nor may we have our new and indestructible, eternal bodies until Christ returns, neither can we believe for Jesus to return any quicker and arrive on a timetable of our choosing.

Whenever we cannot believe for something that the Bible promises we shall receive, then the Bible tells us so by placing them in the category of HOPE, which is to be a future reality, a definite certainty, but we just cannot have them now. All of the hope that God reveals in the Bible is given to bring comfort to believers as we read in Jeremiah 29.

Jeremiah 29:11 (The Amplified Bible):* 
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for {your} welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

I Corinthians 9:10 declares, “he that ploweth should plow in hope,” because we do not reap the harvest at the moment we have plowed, rather the produce comes in after the ground is prepared, the seeds have been planted, the soil has been watered, the weeds have been pulled, the temperature cooperates, and the sun has supplied its energy. Still, the hope was also planted on the very day of tillage in the heart of the farmer, for he has expectation for a future crop, to give him hope in his final outcome. A farmer sows and cultivates with the hope that there soon will be a bountiful harvest for him to reap while his work continues (see Romans 8:24–25, below).

Whenever it is available to receive an immediate promise from God, then the Bible tells us to have believing faith to realize that promise. But whenever we find promises in the Bible that we cannot presently have, then these are always in the category of hope, and hope is always future. Yet even hope will come to fulfillment when in the course of time we do reap, but the receiving of these are always on God’s timetable; believing is on our timetable and given to us by God at the precise moment in time that we truly believe to receive the promises in the Bible, promises that we have claimed in Jesus Christ’s name (Mark 9:23).

So then, Christians who are “only hoping” for God to bless them in the present tense rarely do receive any abundance (from God), while Christians who believe really do receive abundance (from God). Our needs are truly supplied as soon as the biblical requirement of believing is applied; thus, the descriptive term for Christians is “believers.” Jesus taught, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24). Believing is so much more satisfying than simply hoping that something might happen for our immediate needs. Believing is for now – hope is for later, believing is powerful – hope is quiescent, believing appropriates the promises of God – hope is anticipating the future promises of God, believing is something you are in control of – hope is coming in the future and in God’s hands, believing is receiving – hope comforts with upcoming expectation.

There is also a third category that I like to call “impractical beliefs or hopes.” If one was to believe or hope for a slice of cheese from out of the moon, they would not receive it because the moon is not made out of cheese. We could believe or hope for awful, bad things to happen to people who have wronged us in the past, but this is really an ineffectual use of our time and effort. James 4:3 calls this asking amiss, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss.” We would be better off not believing or hoping for things that the Bible does not promise us; for instance, believing or hoping for someone to change their mind and “fall hopelessly in love with us” because God will not tamper with someone’s free will and force them to love. But, thankfully, we can inspire someone with the love of God to want to love without crossing any of the boundaries of one’s free will.

 Romans 8:24-25 (The Amplified Bible):**
-24: For in [this] hope we were saved {this hope is referring to “the redemption of our body” Romans 8:23, which will take place at a future moment, and thus it is called hope}. But hope [the object of] which is seen is not hope. For how can one hope for what he already sees?
-25: But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure.

Notice that the Text says we were saved, yet the redemption of our bodies is still to happen, but with the hope, we have a definite salvation, it is our ever present hope for a glorious future, for it is already ours. We were saved is in the past tense to assure us that the hope of salvation is always ours, and that we cannot change this eternal truth no matter what we may believe, for God gives the hope, and that hope is in His hands to give. Thank God that hope is in His power to give, for I am sure we would mess it up along the way if it were up to us. Colossians 1:5 reveals that “the hope which is laid up for you in heaven,” is ever presently waiting, but out of our reach, for the hope is laid up for us in heaven. Yet the fullness of this hope will be a wonderful future experience for all believers, and thus we are encouraged to wait for it with patience. Hope is always to receive a future of blessings for our walking with God today. We will, after the return of Christ, be given all the blessings promised, yet today we patiently wait in hope to receive, and this hope is given to us now as it is Our Comfort in Hope.

I Thessalonians 5:8 encourages us to, “let us, who are of the day {i.e., enlightened by God’s Word}, be sober {minded}, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.” This helmet is our future hope of salvation, for hope encourages the mind of the believer to “take the helmet of salvation” (Ephesians 6:17) into our lives to the point that we are assured of our eternal destiny. This helmet helps to protect the mind wherein your believing emanates, for when doubts come at you about your true destiny of redemption, the helmet, your hope of salvation, is given to you to prevent those outside distractions from penetrating or disheartening your God-given hope in your future glory to ever be with the Lord (Colossians 3:4).

Is not God quite awesome to have given us promises to believe in for our immediate needs, and as well, other promises for our future that we may hope in and look forward to their fruition? And as we learn of these, our hope will continue to grow while we, with excited anticipation, look forward to these lovely things God has prepared for us.

Romans 15:13: 
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing {for our immediate needs}, that ye may abound in hope {for our future}, through the power of the Holy Ghost {holy spirit}.

Hope is not an elusive concept of speculation about our future, but something that can powerfully abound in our inner souls, for abounding hope allows the believer to enjoy this life without a doubt about their eternal destiny.

Romans 5:5: 
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost {holy spirit} which is given to us.

Where shame or doubt once lived in one’s soul, hope now can occupy that space, for where shame would have festered in one’s heart ― hope now permeates with the joy of experiencing the love of God. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed” (Philippians 1:20).

How many Christians are there who feel almost reticent or guilty just for being a believer, or embarrassed because they go to church, or ashamed for being associated with others who are of their same belief who have wrongfully abused their religion? But on the other hand, the Apostle Paul taught, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16). Hope is what invigorates the believer to stand with God and fellow believers through adversity, and to help us endure the difficult times in life, because we have been given the hope of a blissful future.

The greatest hope that the Christian has is the return of Christ to gather us up together with him in the clouds.

Having hope, especially the hope of Christ’s return and our gathering together unto him maketh not ashamed, meaning just the opposite of shame, giving us something that we can indeed be so very proud of, as hope fills the desire in our hearts to want to tell anyone who will listen that Jesus is coming back. Paul said in I Corinthians 15:19, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” The context of this verse is that if we hope in Christ and our gathering together to be with him for eternity, and if he were not to return, then we should be the most wretched people on the planet for hoping in vain. However, and thank God, our hope is that Christ indeed is returning and then we will be gathered up and blessed for all eternity. For the present time, God has given to us His own love and the permission to believe His promises to us which will help sustain our lives as we continue to believe and enjoy His healing Word that guarantees our pleasurable expectations of divine hope.

I Thessalonians 4:12-13:
-12: That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without {without hope}, and that ye may have lack of nothing {by believing}.
-13: But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

Whenever you read in the Bible that God would not have you ignorant, it is because He wants you to be knowledgeable of something. In the upcoming verses from I Thessalonians, you will learn what God would have you to understand. You see, your God desires that you have, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling” (Ephesians 1:18). The hope of his calling relates to being risen up to enjoy eternal life with your Savior. That ye sorrow not is the very reason that this section in I Thessalonians 4:12–18 is written, for we have been given a tremendous hope to ever be with the Lord.

Today we are spiritually risen with Christ (Ephesians 2:5–6), but in the future our God-given hope is to be physically changed and risen as Titus 2:13 confirms that we should be, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Looking for this blessed hope (rather than being fearful of that great and glorious day), so we may humbly thank God because we have been given such a wonderful hope for that splendid day!

 Philippians 3:20-21 (The Amplified Bible):**
-20: But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior,
-21: Who will transform and fashion anew the body of our humiliation to conform to and be like the body of His glory and majesty, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself.

See our wonderful hope in these verses? We will have our bodies completely changed, from short-term vessels to everlasting vessels that can sail through the heavenlies, and that, my friend, will be with a new, changed, glorious body! This is our assured hope.

I Thessalonians 4:14:  
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him {with Jesus}.

God in this verse is comforting the living, letting us know that the sleeping believers’ hope of the return of Christ is still true and still a future event and God has not forgotten them and He will bring them with us into heaven at the “gathering together” (II Thessalonians 2:1–2). The phrase sleep in Jesus refers to the believers who have passed away, believers who did have the hope of Christ returning for them will God bring with him up to heaven. We, the living, who also believe that Jesus died and rose again, will also be gathered up when Christ returns.

Psalms 17:15:  
As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

This is a future promise of God revealed to us by King David, a promise that many past believers had hope in; it is the promise to wake up with thy likeness, the likeness of the Savior ― this same future promise is promised to all believers who have fallen asleep.

I Thessalonians 4:15: 
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord {by revelation}, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord {Christ Jesus} shall not prevent {precede} them which are asleep.

This verse shows us the order in which believers will rise, the sleeping believers will be the first raised, and then we which are alive and remain here on earth will follow them up as the next verse will further detail. The Bible uses the word asleep for believers who have passed away, and it is an accurate translation, because Christ indeed will raise them from the dead. At that time, they will feel as though they just woke up from a good night’s sleep, only they will have new bodies that live for eternity! I Corinthians 15:42–44 sheds some tremendous light on this, “So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is {to be} a spiritual body.” What an amazing hope we have! “And as we have borne the image of the earthy {body}, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly {body}” (I Corinthians 15:49).

I Thessalonians 4:16: 
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first;

When Christ returns, the sleeping (passed away) believers shall rise first; this is the order which the Bible reveals to us. When Christ returns during this “gathering together,” only he himself comes down as far as the clouds above, and the believes who were once alive will be raised up and out from among all the rest of the dead to meet Christ in the clouds. This is why the angel said to the Apostles in the Book of Acts 1:11 “this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” This is what the Apostles saw “while they beheld, he {Jesus} was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9). Thus, the return of this same Jesus will be similar because believers will be gathered up in like manner to the gathering in the clouds, and from thence, it’s off to heaven ― oh, what a glorious hope we have!

Christ returning only as far as the clouds has nothing whatsoever to do with his return to earth, which will occur later. The events of his returning to earth are revealed in many Scriptures such as in Daniel, the Gospels, and Revelation. But this return should not be confused with our gathering and rising upwards, which is our expected hope. You see, Jesus’ literal return to the earth “cometh as a thief in the night” (I Thessalonians 5:2), totally unexpectedly. BUT, thankfully, we have been assured with the comfort of hope that we will be with Jesus (in heaven before II Peter 3:10 happens), and before he as the King of kings and Lord of lords returns to the earth, and that day will not “overtake you as a thief” (I Thessalonians 5:4). Thus, the day of the Lord cannot – will not – and is impossible to overtake you as a thief!

I Thessalonians 4:17: 
Then we {believers} which are alive and remain {here on earth} shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

This is the “gathering together;” this is your hope, to ever be with the Lord where everlasting reunions with families, loved ones, and friends will commence and never end. This is the hope that God in Christ has given you for your comfort, for your future goals, for at that time God will dry all your tears in the warmth and love of His divine presence. Your body will also be transformed from an earthly to a heavenly body, and from a mortal to an immortal being!

I Thessalonians 4:18: 
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Hope is sort of like having a life insurance policy underwritten by the bank of God (offices located only in heaven), and delivered to you by God’s agent, Jesus Christ, and you, yes, only you will be doing the collecting! Oh what a glorious day for you to anticipate, the day when you gather up all the dividends you have coming, and mind you – with accumulated interest – talk about a rollover – wow – you will be rolling over with extreme joyfulness! Thus, we are encouraged to comfort one another with these words.

I John 3:1: 
BEHOLD, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

To BEHOLD is to admire, to recognize, and to fathom the actual love bestowed upon us by our heavenly Father. We are called the sons of God; this is an all-inclusive noun for all the children of God, male and female, young and old. God, being our Father, has given to us His own characteristics, namely (from the above verse) His love, of which the world has never known because the world has never really known or understood the Father. Jesus said, O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these {referring to believers} have known that thou hast sent me- John 17:25, and Jesus made known God (John 1:18) as our righteous Father, and His love He has bestowed upon us and this love we are encouraged to BEHOLD. Where is the fear? Where is the shame? Where is the doubt? Undoubtedly – not in God’s loving words to us, and truly – not in our comfort of hope, and certainly – not in our never-ending future!

I John 3:2: 
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and {in the future} it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

You and I could spend all day just considering this first word beloved, we are beloved of God, the Creator of heaven and earth! All I can say about this is, what a privilege we have been given! You see, we do not become the actual sons of God at some point in the future because Beloved, now are we the sons of God! However, in the future what it will really mean to be His sons and daughters is beyond our comprehension, thus, it doth not yet appear what we shall be. A great illustration of this can be observed from the Epistle of Romans 8:17, where it emphatically states that we are “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ,” yet how can we truly grasp this awe-inspiring reality? Being heirs of everything that belongs to God is unfathomable, yet this is a part of our splendid hope; this hope is ours because we are not only heirs of God but we are also joint-heirs with Christ! God has made us heirs of heaven’s throne with every right and privilege that genuine, beloved sons and daughters deserve for their believing today.

The details have yet to be revealed on the significance of all that we truly have, but it would not hurt to look up at a night sky and at least look over some of our future inheritance. This we can know will be ours and hope for, because when Christ returns for us, then we will be just like him, “fashioned like unto his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21). For then we will clearly see him as he currently is, as we look over and enjoy our complete inheritance.

When Christ was raised from the dead, he had a new body of unimaginable splendor. He could travel the lengths of the universe in the blink of an eye, appear and disappear at will, and be recognized only when he wanted to be recognized. This is how he is! This is how we will see him when he returns. This is how we will be when he returns. What an amazing, glorious hope we have been given! This makes life go from just manageable to downright exciting ― this is given to us for our daily Comfort.

Just knowing the outcome makes it easier to not fret the small things, and the larger things easier to believe positively to overcome in today’s world. II Corinthians 4:17 says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” What this verse means is that every pressure we endure today ― called, our light affliction, is in reality minuscule in duration (is but for a moment), compared to the amount of everlasting blessings that we will receive in heaven for enduring through all the pressure of this current hour. Corinthians continues, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (II Corinthians 4:18).

Our example is Jesus who saw his ultimate destiny, which made it possible for him to endure the pressures of crucifixion. “Who {Jesus} for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising {setting aside or ignoring} the shame, and is {now} set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). Jesus’ seat at the right hand of God was his hope, was the joy that was set before him, as it is our hope. Jesus was enabled to ignore the shame of being nailed to a cross. He was perfect and sinless and always had done only good, yet he was despised, cursed, beaten, and ridiculed, and what strengthened him was hope, the helmet of salvation, for this showed him the joy that God set before him. We have been given this same amazing hope, the hope that displaces shame, as this same hope with joy is now set before us.

 I John 3:3: 
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

To become what God’s Word promises we will become ― that is our hope, and as we put our trusting hope in this, we become purified (today) as much as Christ is pure. The hope of Jesus Christ’s return purifies the hearts and souls of believers today because the hope itself is a pure hope, inspirationally uplifting. You see, we can sometimes mess up when we believe (see the third category above, “impractical beliefs or hopes”), but we cannot mess up our glorious hope, thank God.

Hope in Christ’s return for you will continue to purify you equally and proportionately to the purity of Christ himself. The hope that purifies assures the believer that he or she can presently enjoy wonderful days of hoping. The believer can know that he or she already is destined to be an elite member of God’s heavenly family (Ephesians 2:19–22), because the believer has been called by His Excellency, the Creator of the heavens and earth to be His very own child who may enjoy His love that is currently within our hearts. How many people are there out there, even in Christendom, who fear their future? But what an awesome calling and hope we have been guaranteed! As we continue anticipating the hope, our hope of Christ’s return for us, we will continuously purify our heart and mind to the pure healing Word of God ― this in truth is Our Comfort in Hope.

II Timothy 4:7–8 (The Amplified Bible):**
-7: I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith.
-8: [As to what remains] henceforth there is laid up for me the [victor’s] crown of righteousness [for being right with God and doing right], which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me and recompense me on that [great] day ― and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved and yearned for and welcomed His appearing (His return) {our splendid hope}.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

His Inspiration

“When we allow the Savior’s words of comfort and inner peace to be at home in our minds, his words can inspire us to be the best in our relationships, in our workplaces, and in our life’s endeavors. When we allow the Master Teacher into our hearts — his words will become our thoughts (our inner consciousness) as his inspiration will be with us in our time of need, and this is the how of utilizing the daily inspirations we receive from Jesus Christ.” ~LMJ~

Kings – Revealing Our Still Small Voice

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Kings contains revelations of extremes, from believers who would stand fast and believe, to entire generations denying and rejecting the instructions and guidance of God’s Word.

In Kings we have the children of Israel splitting into two different groups, one group became the Northern Kingdom of Israel, while the other became the Kingdom of Judah centered in and around Jerusalem.

They went from worshiping God to worshiping idols.  As a nation they were hot and cold year in and year out. Amongst all this turmoil, God continued blessing the children of Israel and still gave His prophets wisdom and revelation regarding their salvation, and continued revealing truths about the coming Savior.

Let’s follow along and see how God with His still small voice blessed and inspired the prophet Elijah amidst such confusion.

I Kings 19:10-14:
-10:  And he {Elijah} said, I have been very jealous {“jealous” is old English for zeal and/or excitement} for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
-11:  And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD {Mount Horeb}. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind {a hurricane} rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:{So the people who blame God for hurricanes and earthquakes claiming that they are “God’s wrath” and “His Acts” are in error!}
-12:  And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
-13:  And it was so, when Elijah heard it {the “still small voice”}, that he wrapped his face in his mantle {his upper robe, or shawl}, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice {the “still small voice” of God} unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
-14:  And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

God was showing Elijah that even when things look their darkest, even in the midst of storms, God is always close to rescue, to save, and be a refuge from the storms of life. When we look to Him, and hear His still small voice that comes to our hearts, that comforts our souls, then we can assuredly know that God has not left us alone to face our foes (from within and without our spheres of influence), rather His voice can, will, and does rescue us from life’s storms.

God showed Elijah that not all have forsaken Him, that Elijah was not standing alone with God, for there were seven thousand who still believed the Word (Romans 11:1-4).

God encourages us that we are not alone in our temptations (I Peter 5:9), for we always have God in Christ in us. Remember Jesus said that believers will “know his voice” (John 10:1-18).

David said, “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Psalms 119:103)! Kings reveals a still small voice to our inner hearts; even through the midst of confusion, controversy, and doubts ─ God has not left us alone, His still small voice will always bring us to Christ and the victory of an endless life (I Corinthians 15:57). In Psalms 46:10 we read “Be still, and know that I am God:”

Kings reveals Christ as the true voice of God, and speaks to us of eternal rest, giving us daily spiritual inspirations of comfort, and showing us that we are never alone when walking with God.

The Fullness of God (The First Principle)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In this study, we will be looking at some of the spiritual principles from God’s healing Word regarding giving and receiving from God’s point of view. Let us venture to look at the Scriptures with a hearts’ desire to receive all that God would have us enjoy. In Ephesians 3:19 we read: “that ye might {or may} be filled with all the fullness of God.” This verse will be our standard and guide as we plant and then water the seeds of abundance, with a further view of reaping the harvest of all the fullness of God.

The first principle that I wanted to share with you is that we must believe that God was telling the truth when He said that we may be filled with all His fullness, and that we can ask, seek, and knock and the result will be that the actual spiritual door to God’s abundance will open to us.

We cannot wonder, daydream, or simply hope that maybe God’s Word is telling us the truth regarding His fullness, but rather we must know that God’s Word means what it says and that God does not make promises that He cannot fulfil. So, do we believe God’s Word? Believing God’s Word is planting the seeds of abundance, which in turn opens up the floodgates to His abundant healing Word along with our absolutely enjoying His fullness.

Matthew 7:7-8:
-7: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
-8: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

The Apostle Paul considered himself in the New Testament as the believers’ father in the Word of God (I Thessalonians 2:11), in the sense that he raised the believers up to the standard of the Epistles. In II Corinthians 12:14 Paul says, “I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.” Paul was not after “yours,” meaning that he was not after their finances or the things they owned, but rather he was concerned about their spiritual wellbeing as his spiritual children. This is the highest calling of leadership today, to desire “above all things that thou {God’s children} mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (III John 2).

Giving is a partnership between the giver and his or her heavenly Father, not between Paul, God, and the believers, nor is giving between you and me and God, but rather connects an individual to his or her God and His fullness to enhance their personal relationship.

The Christian believer is not instructed in the Scriptures to give until it hurts. Giving is not a form of penance, nor can the act of giving relieve a person from sin and condemnation because God does that freely (Romans 8:1, I John 1:9).

Giving according to the Scriptures is always meant to be a profitable blessing and adventure to the giver first. Giving with the correct heart of understanding the Scriptures will indeed invoke God’s true spiritual blessings and power upon our lives.

Philippians 4:17:
Not because I {the Apostle Paul} desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

The subject here in Philippians 4:13-20 is about giving and receiving, and Paul is expressing the true spiritual perspective in the absolute will of God for godly giving, and that is that fruit may abound back into your accounts. The primary biblical truth about giving is that fruit may return and abound in your life.

In Philippians 4:17, Paul wanted the believers to understand thoroughly that the blessings for giving will always return to the giver. The word fruit represents the result, the product of their labor of love that inspired giving. Paul said, not because I desire a gift, because he taught the Scriptures and gave the healing Word of God to people freely. However, he did his best to show people how to have fruit abounding back into their accounts.

I Corinthians 9:18:
What is my reward then {for preaching the Gospel}? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

Paul’s reward came from God because he gave the Gospel; that was his ministry and he made the Word of God available to people freely. People themselves are solely responsible for deciding whether they want to give, not only in monetary ways but also in whatever capacity they feel comfortable. Paul’s responsibility was simply to give the Gospel freely to others and God would continue to care for him, and the same is true with anyone who believes God’s Word. The more understanding we receive from the Scriptures, the greater our receiving from God becomes.

The New Testament’s emphasis relating to giving and receiving is always on the receiving first, having our needs supplied by God is foremost before we are ever encouraged to give anything, as Philippians 4:19 states: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” We want to learn how to receive the abundance of God’s promises for our lives, our families, and for our surroundings, rather than simply learning to give out of fear or give reluctantly.

Jesus Christ gave one hundred percent for you and me; he gave his all in all. He never gave his life for ten percent of our money, but much rather he gave everything for us so that we could freely walk with God. We were not redeemed with tithes, but with all of the precious blood of the Redeemer (I Peter 1:18-19). We were redeemed with every fragment of Jesus’ being; he paid the ultimate price for humanity’s salvation so that we may “freely” walk with God and with our Savior and enjoy the more abundant life (John 10:10).

A professional athlete would not just give ten percent of their abilities or talents, they give one hundred percent. God does not require ten percent of what you own or earn, He wants all of you (Romans 12:1-2) in the sense that you already belong to Him because of the work of Christ, and this God desires that we know.

I Corinthians 6:19-20:
-19: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost {or the holy
spirit} which is in you, which we have of God, and ye are not your own?
-20: For ye are bought with a price: therefore {give, give, and give until it hurts – no – but rather} glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

All we own is already God’s: “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof” (Psalms 24:1ff), and all Christian people are His children. The very best that we can return to God today is glory, praise, and honor, and commit our ways unto God with thankfulness that He indeed is our heavenly Father. When we get to the place in our own minds that we believe all we have is God’s in the first place (after all He did create everything), then through our believing, God will become our true sufficiency in life (at one hundred percent).

When people give ten percent of their incomes and an hour or so of their time to God each week, then they inevitably will end up ninety percent short, and receive only sporadically. However, as we acknowledge God as our true sufficiency of all that He has given for us to enjoy in our lives, we will experience the more abundant life.

First and foremost, what God has given to us is meant to sustain us! Then as we become genuinely thankful for whatever abundance we have, even more of God’s abundance will come our way. Having a heart of thankfulness and gratitude for knowing God, recognizing that we will live with Him throughout eternity can cause us to become cheerful givers who are inspired by God’s divine love (II Corinthians 9:7).

Galatians 6:9:
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season {at the appropriate time} we shall reap, if we faint not.

This verse is a spiritual principle and promise from God that we will reap and that we can receive from Him for standing faithful to God “in well doing.” For as believers “commit the keeping of their souls {their lives} to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator” (I Peter 4:19), we will discover that God our Creator is indeed our sufficiency, and our every reason to remain faithful to Him day by day.

Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established,” even if our thoughts are, “I wonder if God is real, is He really my sufficiency, and does He really hear my prayers?” God can establish even these to you personally and prove to you that He will never leave or forsake you.

Psalms 37:4-5 states: “Delight thyself also in the LORD, and he shall give the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desires of your heart} to pass.” The more we commit ourselves into the care of God, the greater the blessings become manifested in our lives. In II Corinthians 8:5 it says of the believers that they: “first gave their own selves to the Lord,” this is when (and how) believers truly begin receiving abundance from our Creator.

Yes, it does take time for people to put their trust and believing in God Whom they have never seen, yet Jesus encourages, “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). The more we receive and understand from God’s healing Word, the easier it becomes to allow God and His blessings into our lives. “Whom {Jesus} having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (I Peter 1:8). When we learn to give God our first thoughts in the day, and thank Him in Christ’s name for the day that He has made for us, then we will be experiencing joy that is truly beyond words.

Proverbs 3:5-6:
-5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
-6: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

The more we commit ourselves to God, the greater our trust in Him will grow effortlessly and without compulsion. As we begin acknowledging Him in all our ways, the clearer our daily paths in this life will become lit up in the light of God’s healing Word and guidance (Ephesians 1:18-19). By learning to put our trust in God with all our hearts, God then can begin directing our walks with Him on the path that will be most pleasing to Him and to us.

When we share our hopes and dreams with God and allow Him to work within our lives, He will most assuredly give to us the desires of our hearts, for God is able to do more than we could ever think of asking or even imagine (Ephesians 3:20). As we give God our earnest prayers, our continued love, and our daily thanks — believing that He has received them — then God begins to work mightily in our lives. When we begin making room in the heart of our hearts for God, we will also discover that we were formed, made, and created to be the actual habitation of God (Ephesians 2:22).

Then, becoming a cheerful giver (to God first), will be a continuous blessing to us. This is why I believe that Christians can become the most generous and giving people on the planet. As we learn to trust in God and become good stewards of what He has given, He will inspire us to become “cheerful givers.” From a biblical point of view, it does not cost a Christian who gives to God, but rather pays in eternal dividends.

The more we begin believing that all we own are gifts from God, and that He has made us stewards of His gifts, then He can inspire us in love to be cheerful givers. We will know within our hearts that when we share of our God-given abundance, or of our God-given talents, or of our God-given time with others, we will literally be giving His blessings to others, blessings He gave us to share.

II Corinthians 9:7-8 (The Amplified Bible):**)
-7: Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].
-8: And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no {additional} aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

The greatest giving that Christians can possibly give is to dedicate their lives to God. This thankfully does not mean that we need to change our lifestyles because God loves us the way we are. He not only accepts us with our hopes and dreams but with all our shortcomings and frailties as human beings. God simply wants you to begin enjoying life and simply desires that you take Him with you.

Romans 12:1-2 says that we can “prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” If we were to give God our prayers in the morning, and spend a few moments in His healing Word, thanking Him for the upcoming day, then God will be proving to us that He is with us throughout the day. This is how (and when) God begins showing us that His good, acceptable, and perfect will can indeed be enjoyed moment by moment, day by day.

Psalms 34:8:
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

One who has placed his trust in God is one whose life is blessed (by God) to the point that God’s gracious Word and His many promises becomes truly palatable spiritually, physically, and even mentally.

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but {man shall live} by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). So, God’s wonderful Word can be feasted on and savored in the heart of our hearts. No wonder the Word is called “the bread of life” (John 6:48), and “wholesome words” (I Timothy 6:3). Jeremiah confessed: “thy words were found and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart” (Jeremiah 15:16). It seems he thoroughly enjoyed the Scriptures. When a believing soul puts his or her trust in God as their sufficiency in physical matters of life, God also fills to the full the true spiritual matters of the human heart such as having inner peace between man and his God.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” As we taste our heavenly gift of righteousness, of holy spirit, of the joys discovered from the Word of God, and the immensity of the powers of God (Hebrews 6:4-5), we cannot but be inspired to continue trusting in God’s gracious Word. Our thirst for the fullness of life with God in Christ can and will become a reality within our lives.

I Peter 2:2-3:
-2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
-3: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

There is genuine milk (i.e., whole milk rather than skim) within every ounce of God’s winsome and delectable Word! God is so wonderful and gracious to us in so many ways that are at times beyond our comprehension, yet we may assuredly know that we have received from God (II Corinthians 9:15; I Peter 1:8).

God’s desire for us is that we take Him at His Word, allowing Him and His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, into our lives, and permit the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God into our hearts and lives in our day to day adventures.

Let us be men and women of God who have decided to give Him our inner hearts’ trust. Agree to continue allowing God Himself to show us how to be the kind of cheerful giver we personally desire to be, and give God His rightful place in our lives, giving Him all our love and our hopes and dreams as we continue savoring the taste of His divine graces upon our lives.

Hebrews 13:5 (The Amplified Bible**):
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

What a comfort it is to realize that God is with us always, this indeed is savoring the taste of God’s grace upon our souls.

Isaiah 30:18 (The Amplified Bible*):
And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!

The translators of the Amplified Bible have done a tremendous work on this verse of Scripture that demonstrates we are now in receipt of His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship, for with Him we may receive and experience the abundance of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:19 (The Amplified Bible**):
[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

For more on this topic, see: God’s Blessings and The Seeds of Authentic Abundance (What Is Not in the Scriptures Is so Often Just as Important as What Is in the Scriptures!)