"I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth."Job 19:25
You might say prison has been a kind of long-term therapy for my control issues. For the most part, someone else now decides when I get up, what I eat, what I wear, whom I live with, etc.
We all overestimate the amount of control we have in our lives – whether we’re literally behind bars or not. None of us can reliably make good things happen to us or keep bad things away. What little control we do exercise, we often use to make ourselves more comfortable. The God who loves you has more in mind for you than just earthly comfort.
The Bible is full of times when God’s people were brought to the crushing reality of their impotence and the magnificent, humbling truth of the Lord’s power. The rebellious Israelites came to know it when they were taken into Babylonian captivity for 70 years; afterwards they sought God with all their heart. The grief-stricken, afflicted Job came to know it, too. But even long before God restored him, Job faithfully proclaimed, “I know that my Redeemer lives.”
Your Redeemer lives, my friend, no matter how out-of-control your life may be.
All of creation testifies
This life within me cries
I know my Redeemer lives!
(Nicole C. Mullin, 2000)