Friday, January 17, 2014

I know that my Redeemer stands and I will see Him face to face!

Job 19:25-27 But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God. I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!

Is this your testimony as well? Do you know that your Redeemer lives, that He has a plan to return to earth someday as her Lord and King? Do you know without any doubt whatsoever that when you die you will see God with your very own eyes?

Job’s testimony should be every believer’s testimony. Notice first of all that Job takes ownership of the Lord as his Redeemer. In order to really know that it is true, that God is alive, we must know that He lives in our hearts. We must know that our sins are washed away by the shed blood of Christ at Calvary. We must know it to be so with our heart and mind.

Job may not have known what all we know about how things are going to play out in the future, but he knew by faith that there was coming a day in which the Lord was going to stand on the earth. He was looking forward to the day in which God would come upon earth to be with man. Obviously, Jesus was the realization of Job’s faith. God became flesh and lived amongst us to become our Redeemer. We know by faith look forward to the day in which Jesus returns to once again take up residence on earth.

Job knew without any doubt whatsoever that death was the beginning of life’s story and not the end of it. He knew that death would usher in the day in which his faith would give way to sight. He knew by faith that he would live on eternally in the presence of his Redeemer. We too can have the same confidence that Job had. We too must know that we shall see the Lord face-to-face once we die. Such assurance enables us to deal with whatever circumstance we may be facing in life.

To know these things are true overwhelms the soul. No one can know these things except through Christ. The Spirit of Christ confirms them in our souls. He testifies these things are true through the Word and in the quietness of our souls before God. Such knowledge anchors the soul in the midst of the storms of life. It gives us reason to persevere and look forward to our day of redemption.

If you have any doubt whatsoever that these things are true, I ask that you return to Calvary. I ask that you linger there until you get affirmation from the living Christ that it is so. The Lord will wash away all your doubts if you linger there in His presence.

Job 23:10-12 But he knows where I am going. And when he has tested me like gold in a fire, he will pronounce me innocent. For I have stayed in God’s paths. I have followed his ways and not turned aside. I have not departed from his commands but have treasured his word in my heart.

Job was a man who knew his standing before God. He lived life in such a way that the sufferings he was going through did not cause him to doubt his righteousness. He didn’t understand why he was suffering, but he knew that all was well with his soul.

Job knew that God knew him and the righteousness of his heart. He knew that God knew that he was going to be with Him once he died. There was no shred of doubting on Job’s part. We too can know where we are going when we die. In fact, we must know it if we are going to overcome the many ups and downs of life.

Sometimes our faith is tested. We go through sufferings and tough times to find out just how real our faith really is. It is easy to maintain faith when all is going well. It is in the bad times that we discover how things really are in our souls.

Job knew that God was going to declare his soul innocent. He knew that God would not find fault with him. How could he be so sure? He stayed on God’s paths. He did not get side-tracked by life. He lived a righteous life all the time. He sought always to know God’s ways and lived them. Knowing God’s ways was a priority in Job’s life. Job determined in his heart that he would only do what he knew what God wanted him to do with his life.

Job treasured God’s Word in his heart. Because he owned them for himself, he was able to live them out on a daily basis. We too can live by God’s Word when we value it enough to hide it in our hearts so that we can be constantly directed and influenced by it. There is no short cut to godly living. We must always live by God’s Word. It is only then that we can have bold confidence in our standing before God both now and forever.

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