Monday, June 18, 2007

My Redeemer Lives!

Grand Sweep Daily Reading: Job 19, 20, 21

Job 19:25-27 (NIV)

25 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth.

26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;

27 I myself will see Him with my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

Good morning!

What an amazing faith Job had! Still trusting God despite his numerous losses, Job continues to bless the Lord, even in the pit of his despair. He believed that God was punishing him, and even though he could not understand why, Job trusted God enough to be his Redeemer. No matter what happens, Job knows that his Redeemer will rescue him and he is not afraid to say it. How much faith does it take to move a mountain? The amazing faith of Job could have shattered the earth to its core. His Redeemer, the Lord God Almighty, will stand upon the earth, and Job knows he will see Him, even when his own flesh fails. How do you find that kind of faith? Scripture teaches us that extreme faith is borne from extreme adversity, and Job knew adversity full well.

Throughout the Old Testament, we learn that a Redeemer is a family member who pays the price for a slave’s freedom, or chooses to care of a widow in her great need, also known as a kinsman Redeemer. Job trusted God to be his kinsman Redeemer, even after losing everything precious and meaningful to him. Could you trust God that much, when your life is absolutely falling apart? What if you lost your child or a spouse – could you trust God to be your kinsman Redeemer even in the midst of your grief? Could you trust Him to redeem you as you experience an illness that leaves you permanently scarred and disabled? Are you willing to cry out in faith, knowing in spite of it all, that your Redeemer lives?

Friday evening, I watched in awe as Dove and Grammy Award winner Nicole C. Mullen took the main stage at the Women of Faith Conference in Saint Louis, Missouri. I’ve listened to her music for years; yet, never had the opportunity until Friday night to see her perform live. In 2001, Nicole received two Dove awards, for Song of the Year, entitled Redeemer, and Songwriter of the Year. If you have not heard Nicole sing “Redeemer,” you are missing out on something very special. I would encourage you to listen to the song online, or you may order a copy of Redeemer: The Best of Nicole C. Mullen (Word, 2006) from your local Christian bookstore.

In this amazing testimony of mercy and grace, Nicole sings praise and thanksgiving to her kinsman Redeemer, Jesus Christ. “He lives to take away my shame, and He lives forever! I’ll proclaim that the payment for my sin was the precious life He gave. But now He is alive and there is an empty grave! I know my Redeemer lives!” Do these words speak of the Savior you know and love this morning?

Great faith is borne from great adversity. Job displayed great faith throughout his life. He honored the Lord when life was good. When life became a painful, lonely existence, Job continued to trust in the promises of his Redeemer. It is the same faith we carry in our hearts today, knowing no matter what happens, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, lives! He lives! He has washed our sin away through the spilling of His blood at Calvary. He hung and died there, for you. If you had been the only one on earth who needed redemption, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, would have come back just for you. Even when our flesh fails us, we can know without a doubt, that we will see our Redeemer and He will not leave or forsake us, even to the death. Through Jesus Christ, we have the promise of everlasting life in His holy presence.

So how strong is your faith this morning? Will you stand up today and sing, I know my Redeemer lives!”

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Pray for: assurance to know without a doubt that your Redeemer lives! He lives to set you free from the sin that separates you from God. Cry out to Jesus this morning. Not only will He hear you; He will save you and redeem you through the power of His blood. It’s a guarantee you can count on. We have His Word on it!


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