Listen to this devotional:
Job 19:25 – I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. (NIV)
The day started off badly. My hair simply wouldn't lie flat in certain places. My breakfast toast burned. It was raining, so I couldn't work in the garden. I had to go to a meeting that I dreaded. My sinus infection, coupled with my straight-up-in-the-air hair, red nose, runny eyes, and bad temper, made me a lovely picture to behold.
In spite of my not-so-pleasant beginning, I made the effort to read my Bible. I found my study passage for the day in the book of Job, and realized that I needed a reality check. Job lost 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, his servants, and all ten of his children on the same day. (Job 1:2-3,13-19) To top off the list, he developed terrible sores all over his body. (Job 2:7) Yet Job still remembered the basic truth in today's Scripture. In spite of how terrible his life had become, he stood fast on this one thing: "I know that my Redeemer lives"!
Is there a bad day brewing in the house today? (Somebody in our sphere has worse!) Will we moan and concentrate on the things that didn't go our way? Or will we count our blessings and thank God that no matter what, this one thing never changes: "I know that my Redeemer lives"?
Prayer: O great redeemer God, help us to see past ourselves to the one thing that really matters — You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.