I know my Redeemer lives!

Scripture reading for May 23: Job 18-19

The attack on Job’s character by his friends continues with Bildad the Shuhite in Job 18.  Bildad harshly accused Job of being wicked, evil and not knowing God.  (Job 18:21)  He told Job of the destruction that awaited him if he didn’t come to his senses and deal with his problem of sin.  These statements are very presumptive and go against all that Job has tried to tell him. They certainly did not give Job any comfort and brought further suffering his way.  (Job 19:2-3)

Job was being attacked and it forced him to evaluate his beliefs.  He went to God for answers, but even God seemed to be against him.  (Job 19:8)  He was opposed by his own friends and his wife.  He looked at his own body, which was skin and bones and knew that he might not be long for this earth.  He asked for pity from his friends and began to state his true feelings!  (Job 19:21-22)

Job wished that his words would be recorded!  He stated a belief that his Redeemer was alive–that he would see Him one day, even if he died.  This foundational belief in resurrection brings hope to us.  It is what Christ gives each one of His followers!  We know that we will suffer and eventually die while in this life, but that isn’t the end!  We have a permanent dwelling place with the Lord to look forward to!  (2nd Corinthians 5:1-2)  To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!  (2nd Corinthians 5:8)  There is the “Blessed Hope” as well, the soon appearing of Jesus Christ for His people!  (Titus 2:13)  There will be a sudden appearing of Jesus to take His people who are ready to be with Him!  (1st Thessalonians 4:13-18)  With Job we can say “For I know that my Redeemer lives. . .Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!” (Job 19:25, 27)

Do you live with the assurance that your Redeemer is alive and watching over you? Do you have the assurance of eternal life? How does Job’s statement of faith match with your personal testimony?

“And this is the testimony:  God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He who has the Son as life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 1st John 5:11-13

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