Week 13 – Conclusion: A Testimony in the Making

(Job 19: 25-27)

I love listening to testimony, mainly because it’s incredible to hear about God working hand in peoples’ lives. But I’ve always thought you have to be on the other side of something to have a great testimony. That works great with our past, but can we have a testimony in the middle? What do we do with the stories we are currently going through? What do I do with my here and now? People can have two common responses to being stuck in the middle:

– We can avoid it, run away from it, or pretend it isn’t there.

– Others fight it. They discuss it until they are blue in the face. They will announce their problems to anyone in earshot. Their middle becomes their entire identity, and they can’t see the forest for the trees.

Neither one of these things is how God wants us to deal with our problems because both have us as the Savior. In the first, we save ourselves by escaping, in the second, we save ourselves by defeating it. Therefore, in both cases, we determine the outcome.

Here are God’s comforting words to us.

Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” Psalm 50:15 NLT (emphasis added)

Let’s unpack this verse.

Call on me. God invites us to call on Him in our middle, when trouble blocks our path. That is precisely what every person did in our confessions. Each confession was different. No two people had the same situation. Some even questioned God’s existence or blamed Him for what was happened.

Their confessions were a cry to God. There is no other way to glorify God more than by going to Him when everything seems to be stuck. Even when we don’t see how He’s rescuing us, we are left with nothing else but committing our lives to His hands.

You will give me glory. We can give God glory in two ways:

  1. We can honor him for delivering us out from the middle of our suffering, or,
  2. We can exalt him even when things don’t change right away because we already know the ending.

I know that my Redeemer lives 

and that in the end he will stand on the earth. 

And after my skin has been destroyed, 

Yet in the flesh I will see God; 

I myself will see him with my own eyes —I am not another.

How my heart yearns within me. 

Job 19:25-27