Job Knew That
His Redeemer Lived
that my redeemer liveth, that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see
God. Job 19:25, 26
Into the experience of all there come
times of keen disappointment and utter discouragement--days when sorrow is the
portion, and it is hard to believe that God is still the kind benefactor of His
earth-born children; days when troubles harass the soul, till death seems
preferable to life. It is then that many lose their hold on God and are brought
into the slavery of doubt, the bondage of unbelief. Could we at such times
discern with spiritual insight the meaning of God's providences, we should see
angels seeking to save us from ourselves, striving to plant our feet upon a
foundation more firm than the everlasting hills; and new faith, new life, would
spring into being.
The faithful Job, in the day of his
affliction and darkness, declared: . . .
"My soul chooseth . .
. death rather than my life.
I loathe it;
I would not live alway:
Let me alone;
For my days are
But though weary of life, Job was not
allowed to die. To him were pointed out the possibilities of the future, and
there was given him the message of hope:
"Thou shalt be
steadfast, and shalt not fear:
Because thou shalt forget
And remember it as waters
that pass away. . . ."
From the depths of discouragement and
despondency Job rose to the heights of implicit trust in the mercy and the
saving power of God. Triumphantly he declared: "Though He slay me, yet
will I trust in Him."
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