“Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh?
Can reeds flourish where there is no water?
While yet in flower and not cut down,
they wither before any other plant.
Such are the paths of all who forget God;
the hope of the godless shall perish.
To be godless is to be hopeless.
Job is a tough book to read, Job loses everything that is dearest to him and finds no comfort in his wife and friends. At one point Job’s wife even says; “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” She sees no hope in the situation and encourages him to just end it all. The reason Job can go on through all that he suffers is because he is not godless, he trusts in God. His faith does not waiver and in the end he is rewarded for his faith.
Today there any many in the world that lead a godless existence and they are without hope. Lack of hope brings desperation. Desperation cause desperate actions. Desperate actions cause further pain and suffering. Some even become so desperate that they throw away the most precious gift they have, life.
Desperation seems to be at epidemic proportions in recent times. I see it all around the area I live in. Drug addiction and overdose deaths are on the rise. Suicide is are all too common of an occurrence. So many desperate people making desperate choices, causing pain and suffering for themselves and for those that love them. Everyone of them needs God. Yet, there are so many in our society that are telling us all God has no place among us.
Job had God and that made his suffering bearable. He held fast to his integrity and made it through. Job’s experience offers hope to the God fearing and godless alike. Hope is so desperately needed today. God is our only hope in this dark world. Those of us that have our hope in God must share that hope with the desperate.
We need to let the world know they can trust in God. Encourage them to turn to him and hope in him.
© 2015 Leo J. Woodman