My Redeemer Lives
“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;
27 I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!”
Nowhere else in our Bible is there such a description of the tormenting thoughts of a person in extreme distress and suffering, as there is in this Book of Job.
His so-called friends want to help him, but for the most part they make him feel even worse. Their understanding of God is, in most cases, not even correct. It never helps for someone to say our suffering is our own fault even when it might be caused from our own sin; but in this case, Job had not sinned, and their accusations only made Job more discouraged.
He was very frustrated that he could not defend himself with his friends or God. Job feels absolutely lost, forsaken and abandoned: “All my intimate friends detest me; those I love have turned against me. 20 I am nothing but skin and bones; I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.” (Job 19:19-20)
Yesterday’s devotional recognized Job’s wisdom that he needed a Mediator. Today’s passage records Job’s faith-filled realization that he has a Redeemer! Job knew he would one day step into Heaven and be completely vindicated. He looked forward to the day when he would see his Redeemer with his own eyes.
What a grand statement of faith from a man who was at the bottom of despair, hopelessness and discouragement! Let’s learn from Job how to have faith in desperate situations.
Tell the Father how grateful you are to be redeemed by the Blood of Jesus.
Dive Deeper: Study Job 19; Colossians 1:13-14; Titus 2:14.