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October 21, 1995

The Final Analysis

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I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. JOB 19:25
The discussion was well underway. Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar had all stated their case, some more than once. Job had tried no fewer than four times to get them to see things his way, to no avail.
It was in the middle of one of these pleas that Job utters one of the most wonderful statements of faith in all of Scripture—a statement that, perhaps more than anything else he said, revealed the depth of his faith and trust in Almighty God. His suffering had not let up; in fact, the misguided advice of his friends had probably made it worse. But he refused to budge from his core beliefs: “Oh that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll, that they were inscribed with an iron tool on lead, or engraved in rock forever! I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth” (Job 19:23-25, emphasis added).
Job wanted to go on the record. He didn’t want anyone to miss his meaning. Despite all the suffering he was going through, despite all the losses he had experienced, despite the fact that nobody understood him, Job’s faith in God remained unshaken. His words were emphatic: “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth” (emphasis added). No uncertainty, no doubt, no wavering, no hesitation. “I know that my Redeemer lives!”
It’s a statement that should boost our confidence and strengthen our faith when life throws us a curve, when the road gets rocky, and when the bottom falls out of our world. If Job could say it and mean it in the midst of all his suffering, surely we can say it when we experience financial hardship, when we come down with a terminal illness, when a friend or coworker betrays us, when a spouse leaves, when we get laid off, or when we can’t figure out what’s going on. “I know that my Redeemer lives!”

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