“For I know that my Redeemer lives.”
A few years ago, God told me that I would live the life of Job. Now, that’s a pretty big pill to swallow! And if I’m completely honest, I wasn’t thrilled with the news. No one wants the life of Job. Everything that he had was taken from him.
True to His word, God has followed through on His “life of Job” promise to me. I have faced many trials in my life. Loved ones have been taken from me either through death or through broken relationships, my livelihood has diminished, my health has suffered and my faith has been tested.
God has allowed my faith to be tested, just as He allowed Job’s to be tested. Proverbs 17:3 says “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts.” God doesn’t test us as some kind of punishment. He knows what is ahead and He is preparing us for it. He is refining us like silver or gold, taking the impurities out of our lives and leaving us with all of the good that He has in store for us.
The lesson that I take away from reading the book of Job is not one of defeat. Yes, Job faced many hardships and he was tested. But through it all, God was there right next to him. He never left Job. He was Job’s mediator and ultimately his redeemer.
By sending Jesus to die for our sins, God has given us a redeemer. We can have complete confidence that even when our faith is tested, Jesus is still there.
It’s been a few years now that I’ve been living the life of Job. It’s a hard path, full of unexpected twists and turns. But, when it seems that the world is against me, I can take comfort in knowing that Jesus is always for me. No matter what comes my way… my Redeemer lives!
Dear Lord, it’s been a hard road, but I’m so grateful that You’ve been with me through all of it. Thank you for refining me and turning the impurities of my life into something that I can use to bring glory to You. I love You more every day! Amen.
I would like to encourage you to read the book of Job. It’s a story of great triumph over adversity. What are the parallels between his life and yours? How has God seen you through the trials you have faced in life? How can you use those trials to bring glory to your Redeemer? Please leave a comment and let me know how God is working in your life. May God bless you!
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