Job 17 … Consider Him, Our Guarantor

“Lay down, now, a pledge for me with Yourself;
Who is there that will be my guarantor?”
(17:3).

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Only two things are guaranteed in life: death and taxes.”

There is a fatalistic sentiment behind that statement; and the truth is, we are all desperate for a guarantee for good. A guarantee that promises justice for the inequalities of life. Especially when we’ve been wronged.

And Job is desperate. It is true that no man truly understands his own heart; only God who has searched and tested each heart knows.

“The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?
10 I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give to each man according to his ways,
According to the results of his deeds,”
(Jeremiah 17:9-10).

But according to God’s analysis of His servant, “there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil,” (Job 1:8).

And Scripture is clear, “the righteous will live by his faith,(Habakkuk 2:4).

So, we don’t have to wonder about Job; he was a man of faith.

And while Job wonders why he is being so severely punished, he still knows he has not turned his back on his God. And to God he makes his appeal.

“Lay down, now, a pledge for me with Yourself;
Who is there that will be my guarantor?”
(17:3).

Can you hear his agony? God, If You don’t guarantee that I am acceptable in Your sight, I have no hope.

And the truth is, we don’t either. Because in and of ourselves we are not acceptable in His sight. And that is exactly why we need Jesus.

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved, (Ephesians 1:5-6 NKJV).

But the Lord knew. He knew, even after we have been born again through faith in Christ, He knew there would be days when we feel anything but accepted. Days when the voice of the accuser screams louder than the voice of the Beloved. And in His outlandish grace, He would answer Job’s prayer, and the prayer of every person who would ever believe Him in faith for eternity; and He would settle our fears through Him, Our Guarantor.

Consider Him, Our Guarantor

Guarantor: “a person who makes or give a guarantee (an assurance that another’s obligation will be fulfilled, or something presented as such security); a person who makes or gives a guaranty ( a warrant, pledge, or formal assurance given as security that another’s debt or obligation will be fulfilled; a person who makes or gives a warrant (something that serves to give reliable or formal assurance of something; guarantee, pledge, or security).”

  • He is Our Guarantor Who does not lie.
    • “God is not a man, that He should lie,
      Nor a son of man, that He should repent;
      Has He said, and will He not do it?
      Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
      (Numbers 23:19).
  • He is Our Guarantor Whose love is unchanging.
    • You will give truth to Jacob
      And unchanging love to Abraham,
      Which You swore to our forefathers
      From the days of old,
      (Micah 7:20).
  • He is Our Guarantor who guarantees His promise.
    • For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, (Romans 4:16).
  • He is Our Guarantor, and every promise in Him is yes and Amen.
    • But as God is faithful, our word to you is not yes and no. 19 For the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silvanus and Timothy—was not yes and no, but is yes in Him. 20 For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us, (2 Corinthians 1:18-20).
  • He is Our Guarantor Who gave us His Spirit as a pledge.
    • Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge, (2 Corinthians 5:5).
  • He is Our Guarantor Who seals us as His possession.
    • In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory, (Ephesians 1:13-14 ESV).
  • He is Our Guarantor Who promised the hope of eternal life.
    • in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, (Titus 1:2).
  • He is Our Guarantor Whose unchangeable purpose is an anchor for our soul.
    • In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast… (Hebrews 6:17-19).
  • He is Our Guarantor, Jesus.
    • so much the more also Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant, (Hebrews 7:22).

How do we respond to Him, Our Guarantor?

This life will have more than its fair share of difficulties and trials. But we have His Guarantee for our future. Let’s choose to believe Him, Our Guarantor.

Because when we believe His Word, His Word will perform its work to strengthen and grow us in our faith.

For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe, (1 Thessalonians 2: 13).

As we believe Him, Our Guarantor, His Word will work faith and thanksgiving into our hearts.

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him,
(Psalm 28:7).

As we believe Him, Our Guarantor, He will strengthen us to persevere under every trial as we trust in His promise.

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him, (James 1:12).

And as we believe Him, Our Guarantor, He will grow us in the joy and peace that can only be found in Him, the God of all hope; in Him, Our Guarantor

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit, (Romans 15:13).

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