What Keeps Me Going?

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Job 19:25-26 “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:”

“Preacher, what is it that keeps you going? What is it that drives you to keep going when you don't feel like going?” This is the question that is often asked by people who are going through hard times. They ask me this question because they feel like quitting, and they want to know what keeps me going so that they can do the same thing to keep going themselves. It is not that they want to quit, but that they are trying to find a way to keep going despite the onslaught of trials that they face.

It can be easy to be despondent in times of trial. Job certainly understood what trials were about. One could have easily asked Job, “Job, what is it that keeps you going through your trials? What is it that keeps you going when you lose your job, wealth, transportation, children, health, friends, and closest companion?” Job’s answer to this question is found in the verse above. There are four things that kept Job going that also keep me going that I would like to share with you so that you can keep going in your tough times.

What keeps me going? First, I have a Redeemer. I know that I am saved, and no matter what is happening on the outside, that will never change what happened on the inside when I got saved. If you are saved, it doesn't matter what you are facing because it cannot affect that you have a Redeemer on the inside. When hardships and trials on the outside seem to bombard you, it is the Redeemer that never changes on the inside that can keep you going.

What keeps me going? Second, my Redeemer is alive. I don't serve a Redeemer who is still in the grave, but I serve a risen Saviour. You would have a reason to be despondent if your Redeemer was dead, but the fact that He was dead and is alive again should give you the courage that He has the power to help you with your problems. No matter what your problems in life are, you have a Redeemer who is alive and will not only hear your cry, but He will also help you AS you go through trials.

What keeps me going? Third, my Redeemer will have the last say. Job said, “…he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:” Job understood that it didn't matter that his friends were maligning his character and attacking him because he knew that one day God would have the last say about his situation. My friend, it doesn't matter what you are facing today; your Redeemer will have the last say. One day every knee will bow to your Redeemer. The fact that you know that one day He will have the last say is what should keep you going.

What keeps me going? Fourth, I will see my Redeemer one day. Whether by the rapture or through death, the one confidence every believer has is that they will get to see their Redeemer face to face. What you are going through is temporary, and it will not follow you past the grave.

We then must ask, who is this Redeemer? This Redeemer is Jesus Christ. The hope to make it through your trials is Jesus Christ. Let me encourage you to stop letting the outside affect what you have on the inside. The outside will certainly try to shake your life up, but if you look at the unchanging Redeemer on the inside, you can make it no matter what you face in this life.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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