For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again,
and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
(Job 14:7 KJV)

Every day we are tempted to sin and our faith is tested. Some days it is small, mostly harmless like stepping into a shallow mud puddle. But, sometimes we fall into a pit of quicksand and there is no answer to our cries for help. And there we are, wondering if God, Himself, has turned his back on us.

As we question God, our faith fades, and hope quickly follows. Intentional suicide is always the result of no more hope. So, how do you keep your faith when it looks like God has given up on you?

For me, it started when someone I have never met or seen passed a note with this verse on it. I learned it, memorized it and meditated on it day and night, mostly in tears. In my darkest hour, God used this verse to keep that last thread of hope from breaking.

And God did bring me through.

God knows when the time is right, both for us and for Him. God could have answered Job the first day after his having been struck down. But it’s important to know that in God’s timing, Job’s story had to last long enough to make a difference to a man 4000 years away. And maybe even to you.

Hold on, my brother. Hold on, my sister. Hold onto your faith in God. It may be too dark to see Him, but He is there.

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