Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday - Job 13 - Though He Slay Me, Yet Will I Trust in Him

s we have already seen, Job wasn't too impressed with the words of his friends (Job 13:2 & 4). But, of all of Job's great quips and quotes, his finest must be the one we read in Job 13:15, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”  This should remind us of the great phrase, "but if not" of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Daniel 3:16-18).   Oh, that we would be as devout, as loyal, as faithful, as committed, as determined, as pious and as godly when our greatest trials come!

Now, just because Job was permanently attached to God, that doesn't mean that he didn't have some very human ideas along the way. In Job 13:3 he said that he wished to "reason with God" ...not that God isn't more than willing to have a dialogue with us, He said as much Himself in Isaiah 1:18. But, such discussions are always undertaken so that we can be brought into compliance with Him, not vice versa. Ultimately though, Job was still looking to God for his salvation, so he was on more than good terms with God (Job 13:16).

Above all else, Job was just miserable. He felt as fragile as a leaf and as worthless as dry grass (Job 13:25). As he wrestled with the unknown cause of his pain, he even began to ruminate about evil things which he had done many years before, and those memories tormented him (Job 13:26). He was just sure that his strength was gone for good.

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