Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Confident Hope

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.” Job 19:25
My Redeemer lives. He will rescue me. He will defend me. In the end it is him and not my accuser or tormentor who remains standing. Therefore I have hope.

I love this part of Handel’s Messiah and have often sung to myself the first line or two when all seems black and without hope. He lives! He will remain standing. He is in control and he is Victor even when all around me contradicts this belief.

Can you feel the strength and power in those words? My Redeemer lives! There is hope. He is not dead, he does not sleep. He lives! I can go on and continue in my pain and darkness knowing that at the right time he will do what his name declares. He will redeem me, save me, bring me succour and nothing can stop him because in the end it will be him standing not his (or my) enemies.

Confident hope. Hallelujah! My Redeemer lives and in the end he will stand.

Thank you, Jesus, that you give this hope; that you are my Redeemer and nothing will stop you. You are the Victor. In the end it will be you standing with Satan under your feet. Keep me confident of this truth when all around me seems dark and hopeless.

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