Holding Onto Hope (Job 17-20)

I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another.  How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:25-27)

Within the confines of this Old Testament book of wisdom literature is a statement that is incredibly profound.  Job was literally experiencing a living hell on earth, and it the midst of it he was able to say: I know that my redeemer lives.  Job understood that life does not end when our physical bodies are worn out; our spiritual bodies spend eternity somewhere.

Have you ever been around a person who has suffered extreme pain in life but who has also been able to express great trust in God?

Our faith is forged in moments of deep sorrow and pain when we can still say, I know that my redeemer lives.

Let us strive to hold on to such hope regardless of our circumstances.  We have a great God who promises that we will, one day, spend eternity with Him.

Father, help me to hold on to hope even when life around me seems impossible.  Keep me from giving up trusting in you.  Help me to cling to you – know that one day my earthly pilgrimage will cease, and I will find joy in your presence.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.

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