For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God,Job 19:25-26 (ESV)
Do you see the confidence? Job is going through a terrible time, wants to die, even seems to blame God of being against him. And yet, he says, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and He will stand upon the earth (probably signifying when Jesus returns and conquers Satan), and I will see God.”
Do we have that confidence? When storms and troubles come, can we stand tall and say, “I know that God is still good, that He has a reason for this, that He loves me, that He will provide”?
“I know that my Redeemer lives. I know He’s alive, that He’s no longer in the grave like so many people try to make us believe. I know that He’s always existed and always will. I know that He sees, He hears, He speaks, He loves, He works–He’s not a dead God! And He’s not asleep on the job, not ignoring us puny humans; He’s not a weakling that can’t do anything to help us. My Redeemer is alive!”
“I know that he will stand upon the earth. He will come back, He will defeat Satan and all his followers, He will conquer the darkness, He will reign victorious. He didn’t abandon us, never to return; He’ll come back and take us Home.”
“Even after my flesh has been destroyed, I’ll see God. I might die before God comes back, and be buried six feet under and become food for the worms. Yet I’ll see God. People could kill me, do whatever they want to me; disease could attack my body and cause me to waste away; an accident could mutilate my body beyond recognition…but I will see God.”
I keep coming back to those words “I know that my Redeemer lives.”
The world’s dealing with Covid-19 at this time. A lot of people are scared. But my Redeemer lives. Your Redeemer lives. We don’t have to fear–whether we live or die, we are God’s (Romans 14:8). And, according to Romans 8:38-39, nothing can separate us from God’s love. Nothing!
A friend of mine decided to claim a verse for this year, rather than making resolutions. I haven’t done that, but right now, I’m claiming a chapter for this period of dealing with the corona virus for who-knows-how-long. It’s a favorite chapter of mine: Psalm 91. I encourage you to read it. 🙂