“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
When they cast you down, and you say, ‘Exaltation will come!’
Then He will save the humble person.
Remember the little guy in the picture?
In frustration our inclination is to do the same thing and just persist in pushing against the "wall", against the delay, against the circumstances we find ourselves in.
Yet Job 22:29 puts forward a radically different mind set, that is to humble ourselves. To cease pushing against the wall and lie flat on our faces in humility.
The word picture for humble in Job 22:29 is: "destroy the wall".
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Have you ever felt like the little guy in the above picture??
Does the word "frustration" spring to mind??
The phrase "to give you a future and a hope" is rendered in the Hebrew as "to give you an expected end"
Believe it or not this picture illustrates the word translated as "expected end" in Jeremiah 29:11.
Here is the word picture: to strongly fence a person to work to make a covenant; to make covenant from what comes after the nail.
From the disciples perspective the death of Yeshua was an insurmountable fence or road block to the Kingdom.
The three day road block or delay that followed the crucifixion actually encapsulated both the hope and the joy of the resurrection. You see, what follows the nail is resurrection!!!
So, the next time you feel frustration rising within you, take a step back and ask the question: is this roadblock (delay) actually the Three In Me working to make a covenant of hope and joy in me?