“If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, Till my change comes.” – Job 14:14
“For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” – Job 19:25-27
Looking to Job we see questions that we have all asked; like what happens after death?
And then we see answers; Our Redeemer lives!
When our days on this earth are over, the elect shall see Him face to face.
With the chilly weather creeping in of late, allow me to give you a warm blanket to keep you cozy at night: 2 Chronicles 16:9a; “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”
[This picture of God is also repeated by Zechariah (4:10).]
Note the urgency permeating this sentence: the Lord runs! He doesn’t walk or glide around; no, He is sprinting! He is moving “to and fro.” In other words: zigging & zagging, up & down, and back & forth. We don’t have an inactive God. No, God is on the move! He is frantically searching “throughout the whole earth.” Remember: what is big to us, is little to Him and what is impossible for us, is a piece of proverbial cake to Adonai. Searching the entire planet? Child’s play.
Finally, the reason for this relentless activity is “to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” He is not doing this for Himself; He is restless for us! When we are weak, when we are struggling, when we are about to lose it – He reminds us of His great strength! (I can’t help but think of the Mighty Mouse song!)
(And now, you are singing it in your head, aren’t you? Sorry about that.)
Loyalty is important, isn’t it? Elohim is looking for loyal hearts. No one wants someone around who is disloyal; Imagine an untrustworthy employee? Or a cheating spouse? Or an unpatriotic soldier? Its sickening! And if its sickening to us, imagine how the infinitely Holy One feels?
I don’t know about you, but this verse gives me such comfort. Are you loyal to Him? Do you want a truly restful sleep tonight? Put on this blanket!
We love a good twist, don’t we? Don’t you hate it when someone tells you the ending first? “Ahhhh! Don’t tell me! I want to find out for myself!”
I’m big on keeping the lid on spoilers. So, I cannot with a clear conscience allow you to read on without the following disclaimer: The next sentences are classic twist endings… of REALLY OLD MOVIES.
There, I feel better. Proceed…
It’s a cookbook. Rosebud’s a sled. Ape City is actually Earth. Bruce Willis was dead. Verbal Kint is… ah, I can’t do that one.
I’m going to go ahead and give you the SPOILER OF ALL SPOILERS. I’m going to give you THE END. The for real END. The end of it all. The end of the end. Ready? Here goes: God wins. The enemy is defeated.
There are no surprises. The devil doesn’t pull a fast-one on God at the last second. Jesus reigns supreme. This old world bows and every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord. Sorry to ruin it for you, if you didn’t already know.
We are so lucky. And by lucky, I mean fortunate. We are so fortunate to have, as Paul Harvey would say: “the rest of the story.” When all the prophets were around, they didn’t know what we know today. They’ll be like: “What was it like to live knowing all the answers? You had all the mysteries right there at your fingertips? I mean, they were collected, printed neatly, and pocket-sized?! You knew the beginning, middle, and end: how cool was that? You had the Holy Spirit? Wow, man. You were so lucky!”
With this knowledge, fear should melt away. With this knowledge worry should disappear. We know the ending. There are only two sides: God’s and Not God’s. There can be only one winner. We know which side wins! Are you on the winning side or the losing side?
Sometimes I think I should’ve become an Astronomer. I love to look at the sky. I love the clouds in the day. I love the stars at night. God’s vast creation never ceases to move me.
I also love to look at the moon. Sometimes the moon can be so bright that it lights up the whole night. Especially a full moon… which (fun fact) in November is called the Beaver Moon.* You might even think, “Wow! The moon is bright tonight!”
But the moon is not creating that light by itself. It is reflecting the light of the sun. On it’s own, the moon could never produce any light… ever. On it’s own, the moon is just a cold rock floating aimlessly in space. In fact, the only way we can even SEE the moon is because of the sun.
In 2 Cor 3:18, Paul addresses the modern Christian. “We all who contemplate the Lord’s glory are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory…” We are to reflect Christ “as in a mirror.”
Close your eyes and think about that for a minute: We are to reflect Christ. (Seriously. Stop. Close your eyes. Think about that for a minute.)
Just as the moon reflects the sun, we are to reflect the Son! When people look at you, they are supposed to see Christ. We transform and radiant God’s warmth, love and compassion. When Moses saw God, he glowed. His face shone so much that he was forced to shroud himself so he wouldn’t scare people. And Moses only saw a glimpse of God’s back! (Exd. 34:29-35).
That is why it is said: Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. (Eph. 5:14)
Not to sound too corny, but: Wake up and Shine! BE THE MOON!