My Redeemer Lives. Job in the Bible stands as a supreme example of the great joy experienced by believers no matter what their outer circumstances may be.
23 “Oh that my words were written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
24 Oh that with an iron pen and lead
they were engraved in the rock forever!
25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God,
27 whom I shall see for myself,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
Job 19:23-27, English Standard Version
Job in the Bible stands as a supreme example of the great joy experienced by believers no matter what their outer circumstances may be. Stripped of everything: health, family, and friends and faced with financial ruin, he still proclaimed:
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God. (KJV)
I must confess that I have always found it a little difficult to read through the book of Job because it seemed as if Job and his friends were just saying the same things over and over. I could not have been more wrong! As I follow their discussions in each daily Bible reading, I am surprised at the extent Job's friends go, to discredit and shame him. Each time his friends speak, they are more brutal than the time before.
Do you see the picture? Here is Job, near the point of death, with sores literally from his head to his toes. Is this really a time to force him into arguments of great depth as to the way God works among men? I find it hard to focus if I just have a headache! Yet in the midst of all of this, Job maintains his faith in God.
Think of it. When stripped of everything, what do we have left? We see in Job's example that life is not about what we can gain and accumulate on this earth. It is not even about our standing among our friends and families or fame and fortune on this earth. None of those things really matter. In the end, what is the only thing that matters? In the end, the only thing that matter is our standing before God Himself.
When all is gone, do we know that our Redeemer? Do we know that He lives and reigns in Heaven and will some day come back to this earth to claim His own. Is He even our Redeemer? Nothing is more important for us to establish while on this earth, for only in Christ will we be ushered into heaven to live with the Lord forever.
What a remarkable man was God's servant, Job! Ponder that as you go about your life today; pray that you, too, may say with Job that you, too, know your Redeemer. You know Him, and He knows you, and He lives in Heaven above right now. Do you know that at the end of this life, you will go to live with Him forever?
Praise God for His marvelous works among the children of men!