Wednesday, July 22, 2020

July 22

The book of Job is poetry, but resembles a trial with his friends, the lawyers, bringing accusations against him. Job pleads his case before God, but his friends question whether he is righteous in his heart. I had an eye-opening experience this morning as I read that Job, during his pain, knew his Redeemer lived. He rebukes his friends for torturing him with their words, and not offering him comfort in his time of need, and proclaims his unwavering faith in the Almighty. Is the book of Job also a foretelling of the suffering of Jesus? He suffered as Jesus did, they turned on him, and he was beaten and accused, even though he was not guilty. Job was worn down, and his flesh deteriorating, and yet in his suffering, his friends accuse him of being evil in his heart. His response to them proved otherwise when he said, 

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.” Job 19:25

My friends, if you are suffering from great anguish, sickness, or disease, stand strong, your Redeemer lives; don’t let go of him. He is your judge, the only righteous Judge; take hold of him and hang on with all your might; although you are weak, he is strong, and he will judge you fairly, and find you innocent of all charges brought against you, for he accepted your penalty when he hung on the cross, whether you are guilty or innocent.

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