Knowing Your Redeemer
Today’s scripture selection: Job 19-20
Key verses: Job 19:25
Even though he was barely hanging in there – in his own words “by the skin of my teeth,” Job was still a man of faith.
Despite the tragedy, the loneliness, the rebuke of his own family and friends, he could utter a prayer of hope:
“I know my redeemer lives.”
In biblical times a redeemer was a family member who bought a slave’s way to freedom. It was also the term used for one who cared for a widow – the woman particularly vulnerable in those harsh times. And, in the language of faith, Jesus has long been understood to be the redeemer of a lost world.
So, years before Christ was born; centuries before the long awaited Messiah makes his first appearance, Job hopes for redemption.
Sometimes we too are holding on by the skin of our teeth and not much more. But if we can have the faith that calls out for redemption – freedom – life – that can make all the difference in the world.
Who is your redeemer?
It may be someone in your family; a good friend who always has an encouraging word; a trusted minister or counselor; a co-worker; your spouse; Mom or Dad – all of these can be there for you when no one else understands or cares. Give thanks for such people in your life.
But most of all, remember that God is your redeemer – and God will never give up on you.
If Job could believe that – can’t we?
Prayer: Lord, thank you for redeeming me, time and again. AMEN.