Key Texts: Job 19:25-27; 2 Timothy 1:12
Do you ever feel as if the world is spinning just a little too fast out of control?
I know I do.
During my period of recovery from a nasty fall, and the resultant fractured shoulder, I have had plenty of time to watch the news. In fact, I’ve had way too much time to watch the news.
- Increasingly brutal violence springing up everywhere
- An airliner being intentionally crashed into a mountainside claiming so many lives
- Difficult and trying diplomatic (and not so diplomatic) negotiations dragging on and on with the possibility of nuclear warfare looming on the horizon
- Diseases I’ve never heard of making their presence felt
- Politicians I’ve heard way too much of making their presence felt
- Road rage
- Moral apathy
- Record draught
- Record snow
- And that ice – that very dangerous ice – which was the cause of my downfall – literally.
Oh, Brother, give me a break.
Like I said, I’ve had way too much time to watch the news.
Happily, that’s not all I have had time to do.
I have also had more time to turn to my Bible and to my God – and there have found reassurance, and expectant hope, and the peace that “passeth all understanding.”
Sure, I’ve heard the news – much of it bad.
But more important, I’ve heard and seen and felt that “good news” – the gospel – once again as another Easter season has begun.
Two men powerfully exclaimed the very thing of which I speak. One was named Job, the other was named Paul. Between their two lives spanned hundreds of years of world events. They lived very different lives, yet shared a common message:
“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job)
“I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” (Paul)
They both suffered; they both endured; they both believed in the power and grace of the living God.
Being sure of something good is a wonderful thing.
Being sure of the promises of God is too wonderful a thing to ever fully describe.
“I know that my Redeemer lives….”
This Easter, through the risen Christ, that eternal truth lives on and uplifts me – no matter what.
How about you?