My Redeemer lives. I know my Redeemer lives! That phrase comes from the book of Job — who after enduring such hardships and trials, could declare, “My Redeemer lives!”
We are living through another trial in our family and it has drastically affected one of our kids. And while I felt like I was drowning in the overwhelm, shattered by the news and wallowed in it for a few days, I’m choosing to get up and move on.
It’s a heavy trial and we as a family must walk through it with our daughter. This lovely word, redeem, helps me to remember that God is the one writing our family’s redemptive story. He alone is able to redeem what the enemy meant for evil and use it for good. I don’t see it fully right now but I am choosing to trust Him.
Perhaps you are also going through your own trial and facing hardship you never signed up for. May I remind us that our suffering matters to God? That very thing that is causing us so much pain right now — our gracious God can redeem it and even use it for His glory?
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Ro. 8:28
Only our God has the power to make something good, something beautiful out of our darkest days and deepest pain. He is our Redeemer.
I think of what happened on Good Friday. Humanly speaking it was such a dark, evil day when Satan had a heyday. But Easter Sunday came and Jesus rose to life! His death at Calvary redeemed us.
I want to be like Job and declare with all my heart, “My Redeemer lives! I know my Redeemer lives!”
Susan Shipe says
I have walked through so many of those hard trials with kids and grandkids. Just remember: God Already Knew About This (GAKAT) – I have this acronym tattooed on my right wrist to remind me God has it all under control.
Thank you, Susan. It’s always comforting to know that others have walked through this way before me and have overcome.
Andrew Budek-Schmeisser says
Sometimes it really feels like God
has gone and turned His back,
and I feel like I am flawed;
is He angry at the lack
of faith that truly sometimes comes
in the depth of darkest night,
as air just does not reach my lungs,
and it’s so hard to fight
to stay alive in cancer’s hold,
to find the call to carry on?
I want to hide (I’m not that bold)
but God says, “I’m not gone;
when you think I’m not there know
I’m behind you and won’t let you go.”
Doreen M Eager says
I am so sorry you are going through a difficult time with your daughter. As you said, God is walking with you through it and will lift you up and give you strength to persevere. I will pray for you and your daughter. Blessings.