“Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another, How my heart yearns within me!” Job 19:27 NKJV
After hearing words of condemnation and accusation Job makes an incredible statement. He says; I know my redeemer lives. He shall stand at last on the earth. In my flesh I shall see God. How my heart yearns within me!”
Twenty-two years ago God gave my wife and I desire for another child. She had two miscarriages and a still birth. The doctors advised her not to get pregnant again. She did. She spent nine months on bed rest.
Our son was born with intrauterine growth retardation, an enlarged heart, a dangerously low sodium count and other health issues. His heart stopped beating in the hospital. The doctors revived him. His first three years of life were a struggle.
Joshua had a heart for the Lord. One day he cried as if in great pain. When we asked him what was wrong he said, “I just want to be with the Lord. When my heart stopped God took me. I want to go back. I love Him so much. I just want to be with Him.”
Joshua’s love and desire for God was true and genuine in a way only a child’s can be.
Two days before his eighteenth birthday our son left home. He walked off into sinful living. He broke our hearts. Our lives were shattered. We lost the son we knew. He became a different person. The little boy who loved and longed for Jesus was dead!
Joshua turned his back on sinful living. He repented. He returned to his first love. He has been clean and sober for a year now. I see him walking out his repentance day by day.
My redeemer lives! He will stand on the earth again. I believe in the resurrection of the saints. I will see Him with my own eyes. So will my son. The pain and sorrow of this world drives me forward. My heart beats for that day. So does Joshua’s!
Job experienced pain and loss. I have as well. You may be hurting right now. Trusting God with sorrow and hardship is one of the ways we put feet to our faith!
Watching our son walk through the valley of the shadow of death was painful. It was a journey of faith. We loved him from a distance. We prayed for him. We waited in faith for God to resurrect the son we know and love. I know my redeemer lives!
Your redeemer lives! Jesus will stand upon the earth again. You can stand with Him in your resurrected body. You can see Him with your own eyes if you live for Jesus today!
Trust Jesus to make your broken heart whole again. Trust Him to redeem the prodigals in your family. Trust God to restore all that you have lost!
I wrote this two or three years ago. My son has come home and gone back out again more than once. He still struggles with addiction. Nothing has changed. Our redeemer lives. We will stand together with the object of our faith in the Kingdom of God!
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