September 17, 2014

I Know that my redeemer Liveth.

One of the most powerful passages of Scripture is found at Job 19:23-27:

23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me. KJV

What makes this passage so powerful is its bold affirmation of faith. This affirmation comes in the wake of much loss, brokenness and suffering. It is a genuine expression untainted by greed and fear.

The devil’s accusation against Job, and by extension humanity, was that all of Job’s loyalty and regard for God was motivated out of the two base instincts of greed and fear: greed for material gain and fear of suffering and loss. As long as Job enjoyed material success and as long as the almighty protected him from harm, Job was in God’s camp. Satan’s contention was that as soon as the hand of providence was removed, Job would turn inward and deny God’s holiness and sovereignty and reject The Almighty as Lord of his life.

As I stated, this is really the devil’s accusation against humanity and particularly God’s people. What the devil is really saying is that humanity is hollow. We are not really in the image of God but just another animal motivated out of self-interest and, therefore, an unworthy creation. The implication is that God’s creation is hopelessly flawed – and by extension – so is God.

You have met people who have to put down others in order to feel better about themselves. The Devil is all about drawing attention to himself as superior by disparaging God, His people and His creation.

Job, coping in an environment dimensioned by the devil, that is steeped in violence, death, horrific crimes, infirmity, bad weather and bad company – and one that is completely blind to the accusations of the devil and the testing that God is allowing –  maintains his loyal love for God. The written account demonstrates conclusively that Job’s love is not motivated out of greed or fear. It is motivated out of his certain faith in the love and justice of God and his assurance of salvation.

“I know that my redeemer liveth”.

You are here in Earth to make a decision. Will you live a life motivated by greed and fear, as the devil contends you will, or will you live a life motivated by genuine love, as the devil contends you won’t.

In spite of everything Job maintained his integrity and, therefore, proved the devil a liar.

Today, like Job, millions of God’s people are coping in an environment dimensioned by the devil that is steeped in violence, death, horrific crimes, infirmity, bad weather and bad company. By the millions they are maintaining their integrity and proving the devil a liar millions of times over.

Give God the glory! May we prove the devil a liar in the day of our testing.

M.J.O.