Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 11/260: Job

Read Job 19:25

Confidence in the Faithfulness of God

Despite all the tragedy occurring in the life of Job, he confidently declared, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth” (Job 16:25). This was no guesswork or flimsy wish on Job’s part. He took full assurance in the fact of the existence of his Redeemer.

This is not the first time the patriarch foreshadowed the coming Redeemer. Earlier in the inspired record, Job lamented that there was not presently a go-between that could understand both God and man. “For He is not a man, as I am, that I may answer Him, and that we should go to court together. Nor is there any mediator between us, who may lay his hand on us both” (Job 9:32-33). Then, in the sixteenth chapter, Job makes reference to “my witness…in heaven” (Job 16:19) and longs “that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleads for his neighbor!” (Job 16:21).

These are but a few prophecies in the book of Job of the Word who became flesh (John 1:14). The specific verse under consideration, Job 19:25, prophetically proclaims the fact of a Redeemer who, in Job’s very day, was alive (though He had not yet taken on human form). Job affirmed that this Redeemer would “stand at last on the earth.” He would not remain in heaven, but would take on “the form of a bondservant” (Philippians 2:7), and would become “obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). It was in these actions that Jesus became our Mediator, our Witness, our Advocate, and our Redeemer.

But how could Job have such confidence? The answer is simple: Job was a person of faith. Did he challenge God with questions? Yes. Did he bemoan his situation? Yes. Did he lose his faith in the Almighty? No!

No matter what happens to us in this life, we must never let our faith in God waver. Search for answers from Him, but do not give up on Him. Understand that the answers you want may not come. There are things that we simply do not need to know, no matter how badly we want to know. We can, however, know everything we need, “as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3).

Have the confidence in God that Job possessed. “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth.”

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