Lessons I’m Learning From Job (Part 3)

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25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. 26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, 27 whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another (Job 19:25-27).
 
Lesson number three:  Victory is assured!

Everybody, including Job, could agree on one thing—he was in a bad place in life.  He lost his fortune, his land, his animals, his servants and his children.  Then he lost his health in a most painful manner.  They disagreed on why Job was in such a terrible condition.  Those who came to comfort him actually caused him more pain as they accused him of some great wrong for which he was being punished.  They also disagreed as to the manner in which Job’s peril could be rectified.  Job’s friends told him to finally confess the sin that he must be keeping secret from the world, but is known to the Lord.  Job’s wife provides a more terminal answer to Job’s problems:  curse god and die!

In chapter 19, right in the middle of the Book of Job, the man who suffers physically, emotionally and spiritually proclaims the truth that will give him the ability to withstand the pains and the problems of this world.  “I know that my Redeemer lives,” says Job, “and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God” (Job 19:25-26). 

Paul Harvey was a popular radio personality who, each day, provided news and commentary.  Often he would have a segment, which he called, “The Rest of the Story.”  He would speak about forgotten facts about historical events and personalities.  Then he would end with a surprise twist and concluded by saying, “And now you know . . . the rest of the story.”

Job knew the rest of the story.  In the midst of his suffering Job knew the rest of the story.  He knew that there was more to this life that our mortal existence.  Job knew that the perfect life we seek is coming.  Job knew the Lord would return to take His faithful followers to heaven where there will be no suffering or sorrow.

This knowledge—this faith—wasn’t a magic wand to make Job’s present problems disappear.  It was the Lord’s promise of life eternal that gave Job the patience to preserver.

This is the same promise given to you by the Lord who created you, who saved you through the cross, who rose from the grave to prepare a place for you in His eternal glory and who will come again to take you to heaven.  This is the peace that passes understanding in the midst of our earthly trials and troubles.  This is the comfort we have when life doesn’t seem fair.  This is the promise that raises us above the challenges of life and keeps our eyes fixed on Jesus, looking forward to His return and an eternal perfect life.  You know the rest of the story!
 
Prayer: O, Holy Spirit, so often the problems I encounter cause me to take my eyes off Jesus.  I can get discouraged, disappointed and dejected.  Keep me strong in faith.  I know the rest of the story and I look forward to Jesus’ return and an eternity spent with You, my God.  I pray in the name of Jesus’, my Savior.  Amen.

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