So what is the foundation of our hope?
From the book of Job it would seem to indicate that either a fear of God or a personal walk in holiness would be the confidence factor. From the other perspective, is it safe to say that if adversity came our way and we failed to stand, would then all of the fear, holiness, and hope be worthless?
Hope is a grace that is worked in the heart – in the process of regeneration. It is still focused on the unseen future and it still will be enjoyed here but especially in the hereafter. Hope’s foundation is in Christ and He is the only one who can keep up our spirit’s in times of affliction. Eliphaz is the one who comes up with the question of Job’s integrity. He judges Job’s impatience with God, his hope – so much so that he calls Job out as a hypocrite – which means he has nothing. From Eliphaz’s perspective, hope that is true cannot be lost.
Personal integrity can help walk anyone through adversity. In our own relationship with God there is an understanding that God knows us best and in appealing to Him, in fact, just the act of appealing to Him, brings satisfaction and hope. Job acknowledges this.
Integrity is not perfection – so seeking God should be a place in our spiritual walk that should encourage us. We should have hope. We tap into a strength that is bigger than who we are. The integrity of that relationship comforts us knowing the God is a part of our lives and His presence means we are not alone.
Job’s life was definitely in disarray – nothing he believed in made sense. Eliphaz’ only encouraging note was to say that the innocent are only punished for a moment and that God would restore him. If he was truly being punished, he would have already been destroyed. Unfortunately, Eliphaz missed the point by taking too lightly the severity of Job’s losses. Job’s integrity mattered very much.
Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope?