Part 14 – A Redeeming Hope Within the Darkest Storm
This message focused on the responses of Job after the three different speeches by Bildad. Job’s responses take up nine chapters, but the last six are a long speech that is really directed at all three of the friends.
In his opening rebuttal in chapter nine Job agrees with his friends when it comes to the question of how a person can be justified before God. Job’s real question is how can a righteous man – not a self-righteous man or a perfect man – but a faithful man of God (especially one who has been called by God Himself as righteous!) be vindicated before the Lord when he is clueless to what he’s done wrong in the first place?
Job wishes that the Lord would meet him in a courtroom so that Job could state his case, at which time the Lord would then prove to the friends that Job is right, but Job realizes that even if he is innocent of the most grievous charges made by his friends, he would still be silenced and embarrassed before a holy, holy, holy Judge like our God Almighty.
Job continues with bemoaning his trials and suffering, and we can certainly sympathize with him. Once again he wishes he was never born; and he continues to grumble about his friends who he is absolutely convinced are completely wrong about him. Job gets to a point in chapter thirty where he laments how the young men of the area mock him in song; and they spit in his face.
But right in the middle of all of his groaning, Job brings forth a powerful, faithful, hope-filled display of confidence in the Lord when he says in Job 19:25-27 –
! I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that in the end He will stand on 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!
Despite all of his pain and suffering, even with the doubts that he has had about the Lord’s involvement in his suffering, Job still declares that he knows that his Redeemer lives! And he is confident that the Lord will speak up for him on the earth, whether Job is still alive or not. Job knows that this disease will kill him – by eating away at his flesh – but he faithfully declares that he knows that he will see the Lord with his flesh – a new glorified body. He knows that he knows that he knows that he will see the Lord with his own eyes – face to face. And the most beautiful part is that his heart years for that day!
Hope in the midst of the darkest point of his life. And that hope is a gift from God to those who have come to trust in Jesus Christ. In our darkest times we can have the full assurance that ‘He who began a good work in us will faithfully complete it!’ (Philippians 1:6).
Do you live that that kind of hope? That kind of confidence?