What is one thing you believe about God?
When hard things happen to us it begins to show what we believe in. When we are sad, or hurt, or when we lose something important to us, it can show whether or not we trust God. What we believe about God is the most important thing in the world. It is the most important thing about you.
When really bad things happened to Job (do you remember Job from yesterday’s reading?) it revealed what he believed about God. When Job lost everything in his life he didn’t give up on trusting and loving God. Instead he decided to believe in God even more than he did before. And in the middle of all Job’s pain and sorrow he made this really powerful confession about God. What does Job say he believes about God? Listen:
Job 19:25-26. 25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God,
First, Job calls God his “Redeemer.” His hero. His rescuer. He believes that God will never let him down and that God will eventually free him from his sadness and pain.
Then, he says that God will one day “stand upon the earth.” Job believed that God will come to earth and make everything right. Did you know that, in the end, we don’t actually go up to Heaven, but that God and Heaven come down to earth to us? And then God will fix everything on earth. And then everything will be awesome.
Job continues to show how everything will be fixed by God when he says “in my flesh (my body) I will see God.” Some people think that when we die we go to heaven and become angels that float around. But we don’t. We live forever with God in our bodies. Our same bodies made perfect. Just like when Jesus rose from the dead – same body, just way, way better.
Finally, Job says “I will see God.” For Job the greatest thing ever will be to see God and to be with him forever. Living inside of his love and his goodness for all eternity.
Do you believe these same things about God that Job did?
And do you believe that all of these things are made possible because of Jesus? Jesus is our Redeemer. Jesus will stand on the earth one day and rule as our good and gracious king. Jesus will give us a new, perfect, resurrected body like his own. We will see Jesus one day and become like him, kind, and nice, and loving, and good, without any more sin or sadness. Amen!
Because of Jesus we know we will one day see God and live with him forever.
With Jesus I can face anything sad in this life because I know it won’t last forever.
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Here’s an oldie but a goodie to play loud and proud and sing along together!
You are my redeemer, my hero, my rescuer. I can’t wait to see you and live with you forever here on your fixed earth.
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