Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on the book of Job, “Trusting God in Times of Adversity” by Kay Arthur. We just completed Week Five of our study, “Repent!” We only have one more week of our study of Job Part 1. My prayer is that the truths we’ve learned in this study so far has caused you to draw closer to God than you ever have before.
Hope! That is the one thing we need to hold on to for dear life. When hope is lost, so is love of life. Job compared himself to that of a tree. And the tree had more hope than he did.
“Even a tree has more hope! If it is cut down, it will sprout again and grow new branches.” Job 14:7 NLT
Life is like a rollercoaster ride…one day we are traveling uphill and the next we take a plunge. We never know what tomorrow will bring, so we must have a plan in place when impending dark clouds of doom and despair consume us.
What do you do when you feel hopeless and life becomes meaningless?
The Bible tells us that God is our hope, and when we place our hope in Him, He will take on our burdens and give us rest. Here are just a few of my favorite verses about hope:
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 NASB
For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with endurance. Romans 8:24-25 NET
In fact this is why we work hard and struggle, because we have set our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of believers. 1 Timothy 4:10 NET
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
Write these verses on an index card and carry them with you. I keep a set on my desk at work. Meditate on these verses and hide them in your heart. God will bring them to your mind at just the appropriate moment when you need your hope re-charged. You can also look in the Concordance of your Bible for other verses on hope.
Although Job’s hope is waning, he focuses on the power and wisdom of God.
“But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are his.” Job 12:13
When we find ourselves in painful and distressing circumstances, we must turn to the Lord for His wisdom, strength, guidance, and knowledge. This is how our hope grows and fills our hearts with joy.
Where will you place your hope today? Sing praises, “My hope is in the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth…”
BIBLE STUDY TIP: In the back of most Study Bibles is a Concordance. Become familiar with the Concordance of your Bible. Look up a subject (word) of interest to you, and write down the Scripture references. Then look up the verses in your Bible and write them in your journal. Writing down Scripture word for word helps you to memorize it and hide it in your heart.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCInductiveStudies/
- Complete your study of Week Six, “Your Own Mouth Condemns You”
- Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
- Do an online word study on “Wisdom” (Job 12:2, 13) at www.blueletterbible.org. Instructions for doing a word study are located in “Files” in the Inductive Studies chat room.
- Store in your heart Job 13:15 (Week Five, Day Seven). A “Store in Your Heart” form is located in “Files” in the Inductive Studies chat room.
- Fill out the “Job at a Glance” chart on Page 97. As you complete your chapter study for the week, decide what the main theme of the chapter is and record the themes for Job Chapters 11 through 14. There is no right or wrong way to write a chapter theme. This is your study and it will help you to remember what the chapter was all about.
- Register for Job Part 2 Summer Study http://www.womensbiblecafe.com/2016/06/job-inductive-registration-2/
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment here)
- Zophar’s words to Job were spiteful, insulting, and condemning (Job 11:1-20). There will always be those who question and are critical about your Christian walk. How do you handle criticism?
- In Job 12:13-25, Job speaks about the power and mightiness of God. When we are going through times of adversity, how does knowing how truly powerful God is bring encouragement to you?
- Even in our darkest moments there is always hope. When hope leaves, so does the inner drive to work and endure. But when there is hope, life flourishes. Name a time when you have found hope in the midst of a dark moment. What forces would cause our hope to erode? What factors would cause our hope to grow strong?
- Job speaks about the finality of death in Chapter 14. We know that everything in this world has an end. Yet, we have the assurance that through our salvation, even our earthly death is not the end. How do these words of truth bring you comfort?
- What have you learned about God so far in your study? How has this impacted your life?