faith of a childOnly two letters in this small word “my,” but it carries a message of the greatest importance when it is connected with this tremendous encouragement from the Book of Job:

I know that MY Redeemer lives. (Job 19:25)

If you’re familiar with the story of Job, you will remember the incredible, almost unimaginable, loss he suffered. He lost his wealth. He lost his health. He lost his ten children. He even lost the support of his wife, who was so devastated that she urged her husband to “Curse God and die!”

Yet, through it all, that little two-letter word—MY—gave Job the strength he needed in the midst of his crucible of crisis. Here was a man who didn’t need a theological proposition as he journeyed through a season of suffering; he needed a Redeemer, and he needed to know that the Redeemer was his.

To know that a Redeemer lives is a good thing. To know that MY Redeemer lives is the ultimate thing. Job could endure what he was going through because he knew his Redeemer lived. This was a truth that empowered, encouraged, and equipped Job to rise out of the ashes of desperation, doubt, and defeat.

So . . . do you know this truth today? Can you put the word “my” in front of Redeemer? If this is true for you, then you have been given everything you need to weather any storm that comes your way.

Remember that whatever you are going through right now, you are going through it. Jesus told His disciples to get into a boat and that they would go to the other side of the lake. But they forgot that truth when the storm winds began to blow; they thought they were going to sink and cried out to Jesus, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4:35-40). All they needed to remember was the fact that Jesus had said they were going to the other side of the lake, which meant that not even the most violent storm could keep them from their destination.

This is a truth to be trusted by everyone who can say along with Job, “I know that MY Redeemer lives.” Jesus is MY . . . MY . . . MY Redeemer; and if you have placed your trust in Christ’s atoning death on the cross to fully and freely pay the penalty for your sins, then He is YOUR Redeemer too!

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN! 

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