5 Dec - Job 33:12-28


"Yet if there is an angel at their side,  a messenger, one out of a thousand, sent to tell them how to be upright and he is gracious to that person and says to God, ‘Spare them from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for them"

Job is a difficult book.  All the suffering and bad advice.  But hidden right in the middle is this gem.  This promise of one who will for us make a ransom with God, one who will beg God to spare us.

For those waiting for Jesus first coming this would have been great comfort.  The Romans would oppress them, the religious rulers would make things difficult.  If ill health came about, or the harvest wasn't good life could look pretty bleak.  Back then, as now, life could be full of suffering.  But to know that there is one of a thousand, one unique one, who has gone into the pit of suffering and come out the other side.  To know that He knows what it feels like to go through what we're going through can be so comforting.

And that ultimately He came so that we don't have to go to the eternal pit.

Michael Ridley