Saturday, 11 June 2022
‘But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and He will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body, I will see God! I will see Him for myself…’- Job 19:25-26
This is one of the great words of faith in the Old Testament and one of the earliest announcements of the resurrection of the body found in the Word of God. Job’s great faith in His Redeemer God is expressed in the statement.
Job was facing a very severe trial and he had lost much that pertained to this physical life. He felt helpless, humiliated, alienated from family and friends and ridiculed. What a state, yet he did not let go of his faith in God. His friends accused him of some great sin which they said had caused God to turn against him. His friends were unaware that though Job had lost everything, he had not lost his relationship with God.
Even during the time of his testing, Job expresses his confidence that his Redeemer lives, this Redeemer is none other than God Himself, and that God will appear and vindicate him from the charges of his friends who were accusing him. Today’s key verse reveals the perspective Job had in his trials. Life had been difficult; he had suffered and lost much, yet his hope and faith was to the time when the Lord would come in righteousness, restoring what was lost, and binging peace. Job revealed the assurance he had in the Lord.
As believers, how do we react during difficult times? Are we able to look beyond the trouble and see the living hope that God has set for His children? Believers in Christ are to trust God and pray that God will enable us to consider our affliction as light and momentary because a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory is kept for us. Getting encouraged by Job, let us put aside our minds from the troubles of this world and focus on the cornerstone, Christ Himself upon whom our faith is built through Redemption, Reconciliation, Restoration, and Resurrection.
Redemption – “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” Ephesians 1:7
Reconciliation – “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:10
Restoration – “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10
Resurrection – “For an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.” John 5:28-29
We the children of God can declare with certainty “thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15: 57-58)
Job suffered much and yet his faith was not destroyed and God rewarded him as we read at the end of the book. Knowing his Redeemer lives, Job was comforted in his trials. Can you too say, “I know my Redeemer lives!” ?
Promise: “…Christ in you, the hope of glory.” - Colossians 1:27
Listen: ‘GOD is bigger!’