Job went through tremendous loss. Almost overnight he lost everything. To make matters worse, his friends completely misread the situation claiming that God was punishing him. Job disagreed and he made his famous statement: “But as for me, I know that my redeemer lives.”
Job put his “but” at the beginning of an amazing statement. He says “But as for me, (…).” That in itself speaks volumes. With these four words Job expresses his faith.
The “but” of a situation is sometimes the only way to look at things. For instance: Deserts are usually dry, “but” exposed to erratic weather patterns there can be a flood. Although the “but” is the exception, it would be life-threatening to ignore it. Those who did ran the risk of drowning in the desert.
Why am I talking semantics? We live in a world of “buts”. The apostle Paul wrote in his letter to his Greek friends in Corinth (2 Corinthians 4:8-9):
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
Reality can be overwhelming; and yet we need to keep our eyes on the prize. Our prized possession is our faith. Faith is a gift from God, and the name of the gift is Jesus. Proclaimed by angels and preached to the world, a groundbreaking message shakes the universe, as it did when shepherds heard the message for the first time (Luke 2:10-11):
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
God went out of His way to come to earth. He walked the same ground we walk on – He literally walked in our shoes. God knows exactly what it means to be human. He came to redeem us, and what a beautiful Redeemer He is!