Job 19:25 – “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.” NASB
What powerful words from a man going through a trial that is almost beyond human comprehension. Job was under assault from hell as God demonstrated that a human being could walk in integrity and righteousness even when faced with unimaginable difficulty. Job had no idea why his troubles had come but he never lost his confidence in God and this statement is amazing.
There is a key in what Job says. He said, “I know that MY Redeemer lives…” It is not THE redeemer but MY redeemer. He is personal to Job not theoretical. It is not some far-off distant potentate of the universe but a personal redeemer that he looks to. That, I believe, is the secret to Job’s ability to endure the hardship and come forth with his integrity, faith, and righteousness intact.
Job made some slips but overall, he maintained his integrity and his faith, and, in the end, God gave Job a double portion. He is an example to all of us that if we keep our faith in God, we can face any difficulty and come through it. As Brother Burton McCafferty used to say, “God can pull you through anything if you can stand the pull.” Most of us have more difficulty with the pull than the problem. We do not like the way God does it and want to do it our way rather than just relax and trust Him.
MY redeemer lives! That is what the Hebrews believed, and you see continually in the Old Testament that God, to them, was THE LIVING GOD! He was not just another man but THE LIVING GOD! He was not inanimate but LIVING! He was not a theory but LIVING! He was not abstract but LIVING! It makes a difference if you have a LIVING GOD as opposed to one that only exists in your theory and your mind. The LIVING GOD is not only capable of doing all things but does all things! It is when you know that your God LIVES that you can face tomorrow, today, and whatever the future holds.
May God be with you as you go through your day!