Christ's Glory, Not Mine

by science fiction author Andrea J. Graham

My redeemer lives

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.”(Job 19:25)

Job makes this declaration in the midst of having lost everything: his children are gone, his wealth is gone, his health is gone. His relatives, neighbors, and friends have abandoned him. His employees no longer respect him. Even his so-called comforters now accuse him.

And yet he . . . laments all this before God, actually. He cries out to God and pours out all of his suffering before the Lord, and then he declares in faith that his redeemer lives. It is in the midst of suffering we find such a beautiful glimpse of the Messiah. We must not forget it was in suffering that Job saw his vision. God is our redeemer, when we bring him our brokenness.

Lord, we confess to you that we are not okay today. We are broken, frail and weak. We take a few moments now to share with you specifically:

We thank you, Lord, that you hear us. We thank you for redeeming us and bringing good out of evil and sorrow.  Heal us, strengthen us, and turn our hearts towards you, to do and seek your will. We pray we would be faithful to you in all things. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.