Though He Slay Me…

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.  He also shall be my salvation…

Job 13:15-16a

To me, this verse is one of the most simple and powerful verses in the Bible dealing with undying and unfailing faith.  After all that Job had been through, he still trusted in the Lord.  His possessions were gone, his children were gone, and his wife was encouraging him to “curse God and die.”  Still he maintained his faith in the Lord.

His faith went so deep that he made the statement “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him…”  Even if God decided to kill Job, Job was not going to reject Him and he was not going to turn his back on Him.  I think of the people through the ages who have been martyred for their faith.  I think of the people who have had their families torn apart because of their faith in the Lord.  How many people who have faced these terrible trials still maintained their integrity and still had faith in the Lord?  History is full of these examples of men and women who, like Job, followed and trusted Him until the end.  I can only imagine how great their reward in Heaven is.

I have no idea if I would have that kind of faith or not.  I would hope and pray that I would, but I also know the weakness of my flesh and I have seen myself fail under far easier circumstances than this.  And, the simple truth is, I have never been in a situation anywhere near this desperate.  But, no matter what our situation may be, we should resolve to, by the Lord’s grace and with His help, have the great faith that Job displayed in this passage!

4 responses to this post.

  1. A great post and a God honoring desire. It makes me think of the man who implored the Lord to “help his unbelief” I am so glad Jesus puts this desire to be faithful in his children, and that we can confess our lack and have it supplied.

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  2. Oh yes, Ben and yes, Theresa! 🙂 To have this desire before Him . . .I just know He will help us to honor it, if/when the moment comes. I read a post today that encouraged us to be prepared, to walk in preparedness, for what is to come. It went so perfect with this. God bless you!

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