Expectations Of God
Daily Reading – Job 17-20 / Acts 21:1-17
Job 19:25-26 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:
In two short verses, Job says so much about his trust in God. He first says; “I know.” He did not say, I hope, he said, “I know.” The book of Job is considered to be one of the oldest books recorded in our Bible. Job, closer to creation than any of us, knew there was and is a real God. Everything around him, all he possessed, and all of his eternity was structured around his undying faith in this one God. He then calls him “My Redeemer.” A person does not need a redeemer unless they realize they’re lost. Job understood that God was going to redeem his sinful life someday, and called God his redemption. Job continues by saying, “Liveth.” Job had a clear understanding of a living God who resided in heaven above. He was not worshiping some hunk of wood or carved stone idol. Nor did he put faith in a God who was dead. He knew that the God he believed in was, is, and always would be very much alive. Next, Job speaks of eternity to come. He prophesies that there will be a day when this same God would reclaim His earth, and step foot here on it. Finally, Job acknowledges that his body here on earth, very well may die. However, he does not believe this body is who he is. Job knew that he was inside that body, and even if it was to decay in the ground, he personally would still see God.
Job’s expectations of God, his understanding of God, are then spelled out in the rest of God’s word to be accurate. It’s evident, Job knew God.
GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:
Oh, what unwavering faith. In the midst of what may well be the worst trials on earth, Job still trusts in God. He’s lost much of his earthly wealth. His wife and friends have turned on him. Yet, Job looks to God with eternal expectations.
Where have you placed your eternal hope?
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