Know

Know

Today’s Scripture Selection: Job 19:26

“I know that my Redeemer lives…”

What a testimony from a man who had experienced more pain and hardship than most of us can imagine.

After illness and loss had taken its toll and his so-called “friends” had accused him of being guilty of various sins – (how else, they claimed, could the calamity that had been visited upon him be explained) – he still held on to his faith.

We tend to think of knowledge as something that has only to do with intelligence and learning.  But here was another type of “knowing” – a deep, abiding, trust and faith.

That is a knowledge that we might all desire to have.

The world’s experts offer all sorts of advice.

How often does one accuse another with the words, “You don’t understand!” or “You just don’t get it!” or “You don’t know…” but here is a wonderful model for us.

Job, the oppressed, the exhausted, the overwhelmed, confronted with the seeming injustice of it all, still “knows” something deep in his heart:

“I know that my Redeemer lives…”

That is the hope, sometimes the only hope, upon which we can stand.

Life can be terribly unfair.  It can be deeply painful.  And we should never minimize the pain of others – or offer them shallow platitudes – as Job’s “friends” tried to do.

Perhaps, though, when we or others are tempted to give up and give in, we can remember this example of faith and hope, even as we attempt to understand and empathize with another’s pain.

“I know my Redeemer lives…”

Job held on to it, when there seemed to be little else on which to hold.

Can we?

Prayer: Lord, when my faith falters and my fear and doubt threatens to undo me, help me to remember: “my Redeemer lives and I will see him with my own eyes, I and not another.”

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

2 comments

  1. A very nice post. No matter the circumstances we are going through I know that my Redeemer lives and I shall see Him. Abraham is said to be the man of faith. Job may have had just as much or more. Thanks Paul.

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