Building Your Hope
The pain of being an outcast would probably be the worst pain in the list of sufferings Job endured. Job describes how his brethren have stayed away from him. We might joke about standing back from someone because God will strike them down with lightning, but for Job this was no laughing matter. He says it was so bad that his friends had forgotten him. His own servants did not recognize him. He had lost respect in their eyes. His wife also had grown unfamiliar and as Job works to a climax even the little children who so often are the most accepting. Even they refuse to embrace Job.
Physical pain is unpleasant, but to be rejected by your family is a pain which penetrates to your core like the biting cold cutting into you until your body shudders. Nothing seemed hopeful in Job’s present circumstances, so he looked to the future. “For I know my Redeemer liveth…in my flesh shall I see God” (Job 19:25-26).
Job’s Redeemer would be the one who paid his debts, something Job certainly had done for others before his suffering. Job’s Redeemer would be the avenger of blood who would demand justice on Job’s behalf. Job’s Redeemer would accept him when all others rejected him. Although Job should die and return to dust he would look upon his Redeemer.
How can such an audience with God be possible? David tells us in Psalm 15 what is necessary according to the law to stand before God and see Him with our eyes. All 613 commandments are reduced to a handful of pithy statements. God honors them that fear Him, but our confidence is not in creed or commandment. Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness!
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I know my Redeemer lives and I shall see Him one day. My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock, Jesus the only One!