Life is complicated. It’s wild and crazy and stressful, and if you let it, the crazy problems can become what you focus on. Or the bad things in life can become the elements that control you. Why is it so much easier to focus on the things that are going wrong than it is to pay attention to what’s going right?
I’m going to be brief this morning because the concept today is very simple.
Sometimes in life, I know I feel like things spin out of control. And it’s very tempting to rely on what I feel. It’s easy to rely on emotions because they’re easily accessible. But whatever else emotions are, they are deceptive. Because you can’t trust what you feel. It changes from day to day. It changes as you get older. It changes for no apparent reason most of the time.
So sometimes — really most of the time — we shouldn’t rely on what we feel. But we should rely on what we know.
Generally speaking, what we know doesn’t change. Of course, everything changes eventually. But things we know for sure don’t.
The verse today comes out of Job. And if you’ve never read the book of Job, it’s quite an interesting story. This man was a good man, and God was pleased with him. But Satan claimed that if God took away all of Job’s things, Job would curse Him. So God allowed Satan to do terrible things to Job and to his family, and Job turned right around and praised God in spite of everything.
That’s where we find this statement in Job 19:25.
25 “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
and he will stand upon the earth at last.
Have you ever gotten to the point where you just don’t know what to feel anymore? Where you’re so overwhelmed with work or family or life or some combination of all the above that you can’t even identify what you feel? When all life feels like it’s going down the drain? I’ve been there before.
And when I’m there, I can either choose to keep focusing on the parts of life that are going crazy. Or I can choose to step back and focus on what I know to be true.
I know my Redeemer lives.
It’s as simple as that.
Jesus is alive. He loves me. He’s got everything figured out. God never makes mistakes, and He never breaks His promises.
I know that. I forget it sometimes because it’s easy to feel like everything is out of control, but that’s when I have to remember what I know. And I know that God has everything covered because that’s what the Bible says.
Life is crazy. Jesus isn’t.