“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!” Job 19:25-27 (ESV) Job was suffering from a painful, humiliating, disfiguring disease that seemed certain to end in death. He had reached the point where he felt that death would come as a relief. He had already lost everything that he loved in life and he couldn’t understand why God had allowed all of this to happen. But in the midst of his grief and pain, he makes this statement of faith. It’s a statement of faith in Christ and of faith in the resurrection: Jesus, our Redeemer, will come; He will not just figuratively or spiritually but physically stand upon the earth, and even after I have died and my body has been destroyed, with my own physical, resurrected eyes I will see Him. He ends this glorious declaration of faith with a confession of his own weakness even as he believes: “My heart faints within me.” It sounds much like the father who would say to Jesus centuries later, “I believe; help my unbelief.” We trust even when we don’t understand, we believe even as our heart faints because we know the Lord Jesus, and He has proven Himself trustworthy. Lord Jesus, my Redeemer; You are Lord of heaven and earth and Lord of my life. You have every hair on my head numbered and nothing can touch me without You. You keep your Word and I know I can trust You. Keep my heart close to You! Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles