Job's Sure Knowledge
The Lord had taken every comfort of life, every source of earthly joy, and every form of temporal good away from his servant Job. His property, his health, his riches, his influence, his children, and his friends were all gone! And his wife was as good as gone. Job was completely alone in this world, alone with his boils, his pains, and his toubles. But in the midst of his troubles, Job found an argument for peace and sweet comfort for his soul - "I know that my Redeemer liveth!" He was driven by the precious trial of faith to look to God, his Redeemer, alone for comfort. His trials drove him away from every earthly good into the arms of his Redeemer. Blessed is the man whose trials cause him to flee to Christ! In the midst of sorrow, Job found great joy. In the midst of trouble, he found great peace. In the midst of darkness, he discovered great light. In the midst of uncertainty, he possessed a sure knowledge, by which his soul was possessed with peace. Job's statement, "I know that my Redeemer liveth," may be translated three ways.
1. "I KNOW THAT MY KINSMAN LIVETH!" Christ is our nearest kinsman, and he is our kinsman by his own gracious choice. If the Son of God is my Kinsman, then all is well!
2. "I KNOW THAT MY VINDICATOR LIVETH!" At the appointed time, God will vindicate his own. He will set the crooked straight. Oh, for grace to trust Christ to be our Vindicator! The saddest passages in the Book of Job are those in which Job attempted to vindicate himself. Job's foolish attempts at self-vindication have led many to conclude (erroneously) that Job was a lost man, because this is out of character for a man of faith.
3. "I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVETH!" Christ, who is our God, is our Redeemer. He has redeemed us from the curse of the law by his blood. He has redeemed for us all that we lost in the fall. He has redeemed us from the bondage of sin by the power of his grace. And he shall redeem us from the grave at last. If my Redeemer lives, I have peace!