Sweet Assurance

I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;  I myself will see him with my own eyes – I, and not another, how my heart yearns within me.  Job 19:25-27

I just happened to open my Bible to Job 19 this morning during my quiet time.  I don’t always just open my Bible randomly to read … but sometimes.  I was reading along, verse after verse, as Job went into quite a bit of detail about his sorry plight.

On and on it went, one misfortune after another … each stripping away his dignity with even the little boys mocking him.

This man who had been strong, prosperous, and a pillar in his community was now at the bottom of the heap.  He asked his friends for pity but received only ridicule and judgment.

Job had lived righteously, helping others.  Yet he said, “for the hand of God has struck me”.  He asked his friends, “Why do you pursue me as God does?”

Job felt God was angry with him but he didn’t understand why.

As I continued to read this woesome dialogue, all of a sudden, verses 25-27 jumped out at me.  I thought, where did this come from?  “I know that my redeemer lives … I will see God … How my heart yearns within me!”

Amazing!  In the midst of all Job’s loss and suffering he still had the sweet assurance that his Redeemer lives and that he would see him some day.

What a lesson to us!  In times of sorrow we can still have the assurance that our Savior lives and that we will see Him someday!  If you are going through your own season of suffering, may God help you to lift your eyes to Him in the sweet assurance of His love for you.

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