“For I know that my Redeemer liveth.” ( Job 19:25)
In the beginning, the moment that rebellion collided with perfection and invaded the hearts of humanity, God set in motion a plan of redemption. His plan was Jesus — the One who gives beauty for ashes, comfort for mourning, and freedom to the shackled ….
Scripture introduces us to a guy who experienced God’s redemption in deep ways. His name was Job. Job was a good man. I mean a really good man. No joke! The bible says so! “This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil”. (Job 1:1)
He lived life the right way. He honored God, loved his family and was both faithful and patient. Yes, a good man indeed …..
You’d think that because Job was such a stand out guy that he’d pretty much have a cake life, right? SO not right. Let me just say this: our good-guy-Job went through some stuff. And we are talking major big-league stuff here ….
He had it all and then lost it all: his children, his wealth and his health. Gone. In a blink. Sound familiar? Any of us sitting here lamenting over our losses? Well, don’t just skim over that last sentence. This man lost his children. They died.. All ten of them … at the very same time. I can’t even fathom the thought of losing one of my children, let alone all of my children at once ….
Job knew broken on levels that most of us will never come close to knowing. He knew ashes. He knew mourning. He knew darkness. He knew weary ….
On the front end of the pain He had faith. Big faith. He gave God the benefit of the doubt. He held on to his integrity, accepted his circumstances and blessed the name of the Lord in spite of the horrors he endured. And he worshiped! Can you believe he worshiped? Even after all of the pain, the suffering, the loss — he worshiped God …..
“Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord .” In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.” (Job 1:20-22)
Job went through loss after loss, test after test and friend-with-bad-advice after friend-with-bad-advice who spoke condemnation instead of comfort. They pointed fingers and condemned him themselves. All that, and even his wife wanted him to “Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9). Nice huh?
Isn’t it amazing how some people can say careless things and completely misrepresent the heart of God in times of struggle? Oh, friend… let us be women who are quick to comfort, easy to forgive, and slow to speak advice …..
Okayyy, stepping down from my soap box now…
Job was in anguish. (Job 6:2; 7:11) Understandable! He wanted to die because the pain was so unrelenting. (Job 6:9-10).
Have you ever felt this way? I know I have, but certainly unjustified as was in Job’s case. He called out to God and asked Him to reveal where he had gone wrong. Then he repented of the sins that he knew he had committed …..
He lamented. Stomped his feet a bit. Got a smidgen sassy and frustrated with God. Yeah, I think we can do that. And he wondered if God even cared. I’ve been there too. Then God answered his complaints, corrected his heart, and set the wheels in motion for one of the most amazing shows of redemption the world has ever seen …..
God shined light into his darkness –spoke gladness to his mourning — and brought beauty to his ashes. He redeemed Job’s life from the dark pit of broken. After which Job humbly and whole-heartedly worshiped the Lord. Following the healing, however, he worshiped God as his Redeemer. He was the first in Scripture to ever call God his Redeemer. “For I know that my Redeemer lives.” (Job 19:25)
God also names Himself our Redeemer in Scripture! “Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” (Isaiah 60:16)
God is all about redemption. It’s all about grace. God’s love for humanity runs deeper than the deepest recesses of our depravity.
His love always runs farther than your past — higher than your disappointments — wider than your heart wounds and deeper than a cavernous pit of depression. God’s plan of redemption is for every person — no matter where you’ve been, no matter what you’ve been through, no matter what you’ve done, or who you’ve done it to ….
God’s Word says, “whosoever will call on the Lord’s name shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13). That word “whosoever” is completely without bias or regards to race, gender, sex, nationality, or doctrinal beliefs. God wants none to perish ….
But, alas, there’s a catch. There’s always a catch, right? The catch is: it has to be personal. His grace is for every one of us, but each of us must accept or reject God’s redemption plan by accepting or rejecting his Son, Jesus Christ. Redemption begins and ends with Jesus. “For God loved the world so much that He gave His One and Only Son, so that “everyone” who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Did you catch that — everyone who believes in Jesus Christ will not perish but have eternal life — but the key is personal, all based on the repentive heart. Without repentance there can be no grace ..
Have you made redemption personal with God?
Whether you’re at work, at home, at the hospital, or in a jail cell. He’s whispering, “Be still.” ….
Whether you are struggling with life strains or are in a season of reprieve. “Be still.” …..
Whether you have a house full of crazy-noise or an apartment filled with ordered-quiet. “Be still.” ….
Whether the diagnosis is cancer or the sting of betrayal is fresh — whether the hope you cling to resounds or you are weary and unsettled: “BE STILL” …..
Know that He is God ….. Know that He is good …. Know that you can trust Him and He will never disappointment you. Job said, “though He slay me — yet will I trust Him.” (Job 13:15).
Accept that He is able and willing to exchange beauty for your ashes. Call out to Him as your Redeemer. Confess your mess before Him. Consider His love. Then… in the stillness …. respond from your heart …
Let’s pray ~
Dear Lord, My Redeemer, I’m here. I’m still. Please examine me and reveal anything in my heart that needs restoring. I confess these sins to You: and I ask Your forgiveness and that You remove them as far as the east is from the west. Thank You for restoring me with Your grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Now in closing, I would challenge you today to pause awhile and be still with your Redeemer. Read (Psalm 25) and allow the Lord to speak to your heart. Allow Him to bring His warmth into your darkness, and thank Him for his unmerited grace and favor that will be established in you today once you sit and just bask in His presence awhile …