Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends, for the hand of God has touched me! Why do you, like God, pursue me, never satisfied with my flesh?
“O that my words were written down! O that they were inscribed in a book! O that with an iron pen and with lead they were engraved on a rock forever! For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Job lost everything: His children? Dead. His home? Gone. His possessions? Destroyed. His health? Failed. His friends? No comfort or support. Fair-weather friends each one since his companions blamed everything on punishment for some hidden sin. Their answer? Come clean and repent. His wife’s solution? Just curse God and die!
How did Job react to all this? He affirmed a rock-solid faith: “I know my Redeemer lives!”
What an incredible faith message. In a society that believes the mantra, “He who dies with the most toys wins,” Job’s affirmation offers a stark contrast. “I have lost everything; yet I still believe that God loves me, that he will save me, and that one day I will see him standing with me!”
Could I walk in Job’s shoes? Could I affirm my faith in a loving, personal God even when all I see around me is disaster? Today, let us pause to consider: Does my faith stand strong in only the good times? Or is my faith strong in spite of my circumstances?
—Howard Craig is the director of advancement for the Midwest Jesuits. He and his wife Cheryl have five daughters, six grandkids, and two dogs.
Lord, open my eyes to see you standing with me in all life’s circumstances, both good and bad. Guard my heart that it may remain true and faithful in all things. And daily renew my spirit and my mind that I may affirm life’s trials and stresses as faith-moments to proclaim, “I know my redeemer lives!” AMENPlease share the Good Word with your friends!