I know that my redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand on earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed
yet in my flesh I will see God.
Job 19: 25-26
Studying the Book of Job reveals a difficult truth about suffering: we rarely understand why there is pain in our lives, and may well be angry and anguished about what that means in our relationship with God. Job curses the day he was born and wishes he were dead. Yet in his torment, he is able to come to the realization that he has been spared and saved for a purpose that he can barely comprehend, centuries before his hoped-for Redeemer actually sets foot on the earth.
Job, a righteous man who suffers unfairly, a good person to whom bad things are allowed to happen, still knows he will meet God, because he believes, despite everything that has happened, that God has not abandoned him. He continues to believe God exists, not because he had so many years of blessings and good fortune, as faith in that circumstance is easy for any person. He continues to believe even when life is no longer worth living, when death would be a relief, when giving up seems the only reasonable thing to do.
A man this angry has not given up on God but asks most difficult questions, just as we would. God has certainly not given up on him and He has not given up on us, even when we stand in tatters, shaking our fist at Him.
Job knew he was in need of a God who could overlook that anger, compensate for the curses and mend the brokenness. Even after being destroyed, he would be restored to wholeness. Redeemed at face value, purchase price paid in full, in advance, no debt owing, no repayment necessary.
Why? Why would anyone do this for us?
Because God wants to see us stand before Him whole once again.