Always Look Upward
Read Job 19:23–27
Clint looked at the various tubes and IVs attached to his body. Powerful pain medicines made his situation bearable, though they often left him impaired. In his more lucid moments, Clint wanted to feel sorry for himself that he suffered as he did. However, he remembered Job’s experience with suffering. Suddenly, his focus turned from pain to hope.
“And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:26–27)
Sometimes Christians can lose sight of the hope they have in Christ. The responsibilities of life may so consume their time that they rarely think about the joys of eternity with Christ—something for which nothing in life compares. Emotional or physical pain can rob people of their hope—especially where there seems to be no end in sight to that suffering.
Despite these real challenges, God wants His people to look to Him as their Source of hope. Nothing can replace the hope Christ gives so freely.
Challenge for Today: Look past today’s challenges to your future with Christ.
Quicklook: Job 19:23–27