I can not believe it’s been a year since I’ve entered into the “Blog-o-sphere” and posted an entry. No time like the present to get back at it. I invite you to comment, as I’d like to know your thoughts.
Recently I was reading the book of Job and I was struck by something he did; even though I have read this many times before. Job had lost children, possessions, health and the support of his wife and friends. In a sense, he was left alone with God and his thoughts/feelings… and God was silent. He is blinded by his grief and sorrow, wishing he had not been born and that he would die, so as to escape his deep emotional pain. (Though NOT talking of suicide!) Ever been in a place of experiencing deep emotional pain? And God is silent? You find it hard to pray… and to not curse God. Job didn’t curse God as Satan was hoping! But then, right in the midst of his near despair, Job has a sudden and amazing vision of God as Savior and Redeemer. He makes a declaration of faith that continues to inspire hearts after thousands of years: (Job 19:25-27)
“For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God,
Whom I shall see for myself,
And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!”
Job catches a glimpse of the living changeless God, who would one day enter time and space as a Man, the God-Man (and He has!), and become the Redeemer of all mankind. We just celebrated the One who rose from the grave, conquering death and giving us eternal life. And, yes, He is coming again. And notice how Job is suddenly convinced in his heart that he will see His Redeemer eye to eye and he looks forward to it. “How my heart yearns within me!”
So, what about you dear reader? Is it the cry of your heart? Is Jesus your Redeemer? Have you become a new creation by believing in Him and receiving His salvation? Do you know that your Redeemer lives? Be very sure about this. I spent many years in Easter services being inspired emotionally, but not really knowing my Redeemer. We often sang this wonderful hymn inspired by Job’s declaration. I would sing it, but deep down not really believe it? Check out the words… even sing along and do a heart check. Do you really know?
Until next time… it’s my prayer that the God of hope may fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13). Amen!!