Friday, July 25, 2008

07 25 08 Never Standing Alone

“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that as the last
He will stand upon the earth.” (Job 19:25 NET)

Job has been utterly stunned by his friends (here it’s Bildad) and no doubt feels completely abandoned by his friends and God. But for all of this despair rises a new hope and a stronger faith. Job realizes he will eventually find vindication with the Lord. The Lord is his kinsman-redeemer, his vindicator, his protector. All that Job faces, he trusts in God and though life seems futile and despairing, final victory is assured with God for all who place their trust in Him. One who places his complete trust in the Savior is NEVER STANDING ALONE.

We all need to endure hardships at some point in life. Some face more than others. But look at Job; who will ever face these kinds of situations in life? Yet he still worshiped the Lord through it all (Job 1:20) …even as he struggled at times with understanding His will. No matter the circumstance, the challenge, or the length of testing, when we stand with Christ we are NEVER STANDING ALONE!

It’s great to have Godly friends and family to stand with us. It is so pleasing to receive encouraging words and timely gifts of love and gratitude. It’s such a relief to know others are there to pick up the pieces when things are unraveling. It’s comforting to receive wisdom from Scripture and God-inspired counsel. But let’s face it; there will be times when no one will quite understand our situation. We will be falsely accused. People will believe lies. They will twist the facts, even the Word of God to fit the situation. Physically, we will feel all alone.

But there is one who sticks closer than a brother. There is a God who promises to never leave us, never forsake us, and never allow anyone to pluck us out of His hand. Even in the middle of a horrendous sin, He is willing to forgive if we are wiling to come broken and humble. He is faithful and just to forgive each and every repentant soul and He stands by the innocent who suffer for His sake. He so loves us! His child is NEVER STANDING ALONE unless we refuse His companionship. Even then, He still pursues us!

Here’s the key: the more we pursue Him, the more intimate we become with Him and the more we are able to say we are NEVER STANDING ALONE ,even when facing the most challenging of circumstances.

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