October 18, 2020 Bruce Goettsche

The Big Picture 10.18.20

The Big Picture 10.18.20

For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see for myself,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
My heart faints within me!
(Job 19:25–27).

These words are a potent reminder that this life is not all there is. The words are more powerful when you realize they were spoken in the midst of Job's anguish. His life had come apart, he was in a position of greater devastation than we can grasp. Yet, he knew this was not the end. He held on to the truth that we will someday see the Lord, so we live accordingly.

The problem for most people is their short-sightedness. They churn and are filled with fear because they look only at the present or hear the doomsayers and absorb what they are pedaling. Job reminds us to see the bigger picture This life is but a prelude to that which is ahead. Someday we will stand before the Lord and it is our motivation in life to hear His "Well-Done" in death.

Our hope ultimately is not in vaccines, elections, bailouts, news channels or anything else. It is in the Lord. Our job is to remain faithful even in the hardest of times. And that begins with us gathering safely for worship and refusing to be dissuaded by masks, social distancing, or anything else. We must focus on the bigger picture . . . being faithful to the One who is and always will be the Lord of all.