June 30 | Daily Devotion

June 30 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

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Lectio Divina

“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.“~Job 19:25

The dialogue between Job and his friends is becoming increasingly combative. They are raising their voices. They are resorting to sarcasm. Each side accuses the other of totally missing the point. Zophar comes in with another riposte to Job’s claim of innocence. “Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since mankind was placed on the earth, that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment”(Job 20:4-5). Job must give in; he must confess, whatever his sin. He cannot go against the age-old wisdom. His sin has caught up with him. As Job sits in the company of his friends, sick, gaunt, and dismayed, Zophar assaults him with a poem about God’s justice!

And yet, God is Job’s only hope, and he knows it. In the midst of his struggle, he demonstrates faith. In a line made famous in Handel’s Messiah, Job exclaims, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth”(Job 19:25). The Hebrew is difficult to translate, but most Old Testament scholars believe that Job is speaking of God. In his pain, he feels as though God has “wronged“him and that He is silent despite Job’s calls for help. However, he still trusts this God who allows pain, and he knows that in the end, his living Redeemer, his Rescuer, his Avenger—all good translations of the Hebrew—will come to his rescue! With poetic language (“He will stand upon the earth”), Job is saying, I know he will show up and make everything right! Wow! What a confession of faith from a struggling man!

It is possible to struggle—and even to doubt—and yet have faith in God! How else do we understand Jesus’ words: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”(Matt. 27:46; a quotation from Psalm 22). And what of the man who said, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief”(Mark 9:24)? If you are struggling, and if you are doubting, you are not alone. You are, in fact, in the company of people of great faith, both Job and Jesus. Do not give up, even if it seems like God is silent. Your Rescuer is alive and He will show up soon.

Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.