The “but” of a situation is sometimes the only way to look at things. For instance: here we are in the middle of the desert, but we’re drowning in water. That is a true fact. When there is a flash flood after torrential rain, you stand a chance to drown in the desert. It is true that the desert is so called because there is lack of water – but it is also true that the desert has some erratic weather patterns. If that happens, the “but” comes into play.
Why am I talking semantics? Well, Job puts his “but” at the beginning of an amazing statement. He says “But as for me, (…). That in itself says something without even going any further. With these four words alone he distances himself from whoever else is around. When someone says to me “But as for me”, then I know I hear an expressed belief. I know I wouldn’t want to try to convince that person otherwise. I would stand corrected and simply respect it.
Everybody knows what Job had been through. In Germany, when a person is out of luck and you have to break bad news to this poor person Germans say that you come with a “Hiobsbotschaft” which loosely translated means disaster story and closely translated means bad tidings similar to Job’s. On top of bad news and more bad news Job’s friends were harping on him saying “it’s all his fault and God is mad at him”. Job didn’t think so. He put his foot down and this is what he said (Job:19:25)
“But as for me, I know that my redeemer lives, and He will stand upon the earth at last.”
Well, there you have it. Very nicely said: God is not dead, in fact God is very much alive and He will come through for me …. and for many more! – He will touch the ground and walk this earth and our eyes will see Him.
It is important to stick with what we believe in. It doesn’t mean that we have to convince the whole world that we’re right, it simply means the whole world can try to talk us out of what we believe in, “but” we take a stand and remain true to ourselves. We owe it to ourselves and God to not live a lie. If we know something to be true we go for it. No “buts” about it!
Now as to the last part of the sentence Job utters: “He will stand upon the earth at last” that is the most groundbreaking message that shook the universe when the angels proclaimed (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 in our shoes, literally. What a Redeemer He is!
Truthfully, if we happen to walk in Job’s shoes for a while, we need to stick to our “but”. We need to remember that our Redeemer lives.