December 11th Advent Devotional

My Eyes Shall Behold

Hoyt Roberson

Job 19:25-27

 “He would have to trust God for that, for he was helpless to do anything about it himself…..At the end of oneself was the best place to discover the Lord at work.” ― Robin Lee Hatcher, A Matter of Character

Job doesn’t understand how he could be in this position – bereft, destroyed, miserable. What had he done to deserve this, he wants to know. And yet there is no answer, no readily available justification for his condition.

Job, like Jesus is stuck, but more so. Job hadn’t been born to “set his face” to sit in ashes covered with boils. Job was lost. His world wasn’t working the way it was supposed to – righteous men didn’t suffer like this. At least they weren’t supposed to; yet here is was, without any answers.

Even so, Job expresses confidence that his Redeemer lives and not only that – his Redeemer will come to earth and he will see Him with his own eyes!

Confidence in the midst of suffering because we know that our God will come and we will see Him.

This Advent, our world and maybe our lives are often unexplainable. Hasn’t God promised relief and healing to those who love Him? Why are our existences so hard, so confusing, so happy on the surface but so miserable underneath? This Advent let us join with Job in confidence that we have believed correctly and that our God is coming to rescue, to heal, to set right the evils of this world. Let us rejoice that we shall see Him with our own eyes!

 

Hoyt Roberson is a retired Army officer, a licensed marriage therapist, and pastors Covenant Christian Church in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

©2018 by individual authors and Facebook Narrative Lectionary Group. This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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