“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. “Even after my skin is destroyed,
Yet from my flesh I shall see God; Whom I myself shall behold,
And whom my eyes will see and not another.
My heart faints within me!” JOB 19:25-37
If you have been reading my recent posts you will know I am reading the book of Job at present in my devotions. It is a book which is dreaded by many based on third hand information, that it is not a jolly read. To a certain extent this is true as it does deal with Job’s extreme trials and mournings. Oh but believe me it is a precious book, it has touched my heart deeply. There is heartbreak, pain and yes, there is humour too. But my favourite passage thus far has to be the one above, how my heart soared and celebrated these sacred words.
At this point Job has lost everything, all his wealth, children, and health. His life is hanging by a thread. He really believes he is going to die soon. His wife and neighbours mock him, and his friends are no comfort at all (Job16:2). In such depths of deep despair rather than whine he praises God; “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives…” What an amazing testimony to this man of God, despite all that has happened his faith is rock solid in his Redeemer. He knows that He lives!
These words are etched in my memory from when I was a member of The Fife Youth Choir, and singing Handel’s “Messiah.” These words spoke to my soul and stayed in my memory, eventually years later I was able to sing them for real – “I know that my Redeemer liveth!” They played an important part in my salvation, preparing the ground for the seed of the gospel. This simple refrain has stayed with me through many dark moments, mainly relating to my health.
Not only did Job know that his “Redeemer lives,” but he was also certain of his eternal destination where he would meet his God. What astounding faith in distressing circumstances, no matter what life threw at him he held firm to God. I have peeked at the ending, don’t judge me…we’ve all done it, right? God rewards Job’s faith in God in difficult times. His God is our God, He is the same today as He was then. He rewards faith in Him in the trials of life.
Dear reader, our Redeemer Kinsman is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He bridges the gap between us and Almighty God, our Father. No trial or tribulation can break that bond, therefore rejoice for our Redeemer lives!