“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 19:25-27 NKJV
I have been meditating through the book of Job this week, reliving all the emotions that such a read conjures up in me. The Lord, in His great wisdom, has given me a life that has been full of life altering moments, where my world has been all but torn apart, only to be reassembled to the glory of God.
From the moment I bowed my head, and asked the Lord to bow me further, to look into hell, that I have a burden for the lost, I have witnessed the Lord’s faithfulness to answer prayer. In the refining trials, I have rejoiced, for I know my God is sovereign.
“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.””
Job 1:21 NKJV
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28 NKJV
But the Lord did not leave me desolate, but blessed.
He took the desires that fed my flesh, and replaced them with Himself, that my desire would be only for Him. Thus began a great love affair. I spent so many hours poring over the Scriptures, seeking to know who this God was, who changed my life, who tore away all that was not needful, and replaced what was lost with things that are everlasting.
The Lord Jesus took my sin, my filth, the penalty that I was due. He died on the cross for our sins, that we could have His righteousness. When He found me, I was so caught up in sin, that I felt as if I was in a miry pit, unable to gain a foot hold, and digging myself deeper with every step.
Year after year, I had toiled, and deeper I sunk, feeling as if I would never get out, never experience a life without the sins that so overwhelmed my life. Even in the mire, I could sense that the Lord was doing something, for He was sending people into my life to tell me about Jesus.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.”
Psalms 40:1-2 NKJV
On an Easter Sunday, seemingly so long ago, I cried out and my Lord heard me. He delivered me from the pit, established me on the Rock. Was time has passed the evil one has made every effort to destroy me, but our Great God is relentless, and has guarded me, without and within by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The days are waning, for me, and for this age. I rejoice in that I will see God. My flesh is failing, but the Lord lifts me each day to go about what He has called me to do. It is as if He is emptying me out, answering a prayer I sent up years ago, that the Lord use all of me, leaving nothing for the evil one.
Brothers and sisters, we are seeing the winding up of this old age, and the formation of what is to come. The Lord has assured us through His word, that He is for us, that our Redeemer lives. He is most definitely everlasting, and the horrors of these present times will not even be memories in the eternity to come.
“Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”
Psalms 90:1-2 NKJV
Regardless of what we may experience in the coming days, weeks, months, and, perhaps, years, we can know that our Redeemer lives, that He is for us and that He is coming again. Even Job knew, that he would see His Redeemer. In the end, He was restored, far better than before the destruction.
“Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first Jemimah, the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-Happuch. In all the land were found no women so beautiful as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations. So Job died, old and full of days.”
Job 42:12-17 NKJV
As I sit in this withering tent, I know that a greater, incorruptible and eternal body is coming. Unlike Job, I have a glimmer of hope that I will see my Redeemer before my last breath and face to face.
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