Recently as I was reading the book of Job and I stopped at a very familiar place. I've read Job many times but never really studied it. So when I came to chapter 19 verses 25-27 it seemed to pop out to me. My heart asked "How did Job know His Redeemer lives?" Our Redeemer is Jesus but He wouldn't come to redeem the sins of the world for quite some time. So how did He know not only that He lives but that He would take His stand on the earth?
"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: 25-27
I don’t know exactly how the Redeemer was reveal to Job because I still haven’t really studied it but I do know that Job had hope in what He believed about Jesus. In the midst of great sorrow and suffering Job finds hope in knowing that His Redeemer lives and some day He will see God. Job's hope was in Jesus who was yet to come. Job had a relationship with God and the Spirit of God had reveal to his spirit the truth of a Redeemer. Job found comfort in the midst of great loss, pain and sorrow that even though his skin may be His flesh would see God!
We too have that same hope. No matter what you face today, no matter how deep the pain is you can find hope in the knowledge that our Redeemer does live. Jesus came, He died for us and now He live and one day He will return to this earth for His bride.
Just like God gave Job hope in the midst of his sorrow God gives us hope. Hope that our Redeemer lives. Hope that He will return. Hope that even though pain and sorrow are our companion one day we shall see God. On that day there will be no more pain or sorrow.
How did Job have hope in the midst of such overwhelming sorrow? He looked at what was promised. He choose to believe and give praise for the promise of His Redeemer. I pray that as we face such loss and pain we too will choose to look to what is promised. I pray we will choose to give praise for we KNOW our Redeemer lives!
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Cor 4:16-17
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