Unspeakable Joy Devotional

September 8th


Hope In The Resurrection. Job 19:25-27 “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. Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”

Most of the book of Job consists of dialogues between Job and his friends in which they claim that his suffering must be due to his specific, personal sin, and he answers that he is blameless. From chapters 3 through 19, Job vacillates from despair to the hope of vindication, and though he never denies that God is his God and rightfully sovereign over him, some of what he says, we have seen, implicitly questions the Lord’s wisdom and goodness.

Job expressed a clear hope in the resurrection of the dead. Despite having implicitly called God’s goodness into question by stating that even righteous men cannot plead their case before Him, Job cannot bring Himself to deny what He knows to be true-that the Lord is perfectly just and will right all wrongs. Job looks forward to his resurrection-to being restored to the land of the living after his death and to seeing the Lord. That remains our hope as well. Matthew Henry comments, “It is the blessedness of the blessed that they shall see God, shall see him as he is, see him face to face, and no longer through a glass darkly.”

When it looks as if injustice will prevail and we will never be vindicated for serving the Lord faithfully, the sure hope of resurrection and judgment remind us that all will be set right. We can look forward with assurance that God will reward His servants and punish all those who remain impenitent in their sin. Let us look forward to the great day of resurrection with the full assurance that our Creator will keep all of His promises.

John 11:25 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”

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