For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God
In the devastation that can come in a man’s life, in the loss and grief that some people taste and endure, only the believer can begin to speak clearly of what his real hope could be. This clarity, this insight that Job has is amazing. The book of Job is arguably the most ancient text of the Scripture, thus an ancient argument over the problem of suffering and God’s justice. Job seems to grow in his understanding, finally brought to humble worship by the words of God Himself. But our God speaks to him, and here, speaks through him so clearly. He knows. He knows the resurrection, our Savior, the final judgment. In the dim, ancient, and murky past of a land called Uz, Job speaks with more conviction and clarity than many of us ever do. His faith is radiant, and it’s all he has left. Even his friends are a disappointment. Here is what is only seen and truly known by the power of the Holy Spirit. I want to ring loud and burn bright with this conviction too. I know that my Redeemer lives, Jesus Christ my Lord!