“And now my soul is poured out within me; days of affliction have taken hold of me” (v16). Job was suffering because he had physical pain and he had lost his family and possessions. He also suffered from a sense of betrayal: he had done his best to please God, yet he felt like God had abandoned him. “I cry to you for help, and you do not answer me” (v20). He struggled to keep hoping. “When I waited for light, darkness came” (v26).
“But when I hoped for good … (v26). Job thought he was at the end of his story, but he was only in the middle. When our hope grows weak, God is still strong and still working on our behalf.