“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”—Job 13:15
Every time I think I have it rough, the Lord causes me to think about Job. I am not sure there was another man who was tried to the breaking point like Job was. The afflictions he went through could have been enough for two lifetimes!
Here was a man who endured a series of severe setbacks, the majority of which were in one day!
- First, he endured the loss of his holdings. All of his oxen, asses, camels, and sheep were taken or burned up! His livelihood was sadly decimated and greatly reduced!
- Next, he endured the loss of his helpers. The servants who had oversight over his sheep were consumed by the same fire that burned up the sheep. In addition, the servants who oversaw his camels were separately slain.
- Next, he endured the loss of his heirs. All of his children were in one house when a great wind collapsed the house on them and killed them. What a tragic loss! Can you imagine the shock and grief he endured at this piece of news?
- However, to top matters off, he endured the loss of his health! He was afflicted with a serious disease of boils all over his body. There was not an area of his body that was not affected!
Job was a man who was sorrowing, suffering, and set back!
And yet, he makes an outstanding statement! He said, “Though he [God] slay me, yet will I trust in him.” Job had an unshakable faith!
He did not understand everything that God was doing, but he confessed, “Yet will I trust in Him!”
He was hurting and suffering, but he declared, “Yet will I trust in Him!”
He was unsure of what the future held for him, but he exclaimed, “Yet will I trust in Him!”
He was greatly reduced physically, financially, and even relationally, but he shouted, “Yet will I trust in Him!”
His friends had turned on him and made false statements about him, but he sighed, “Yet will I trust in Him!”
Job had an unshakable faith! It was a faith that could not be toppled or totaled! How was it possible that a man could have such a faith, going through as much as Job did?
- He was unshakable because of his relationship with God! Job had a close walk with God before the trial ever came! In fact, Job loved God even more because of what the trial was doing for him!
- He was unshakable because of his resignation to God! Job submitted himself to God and did not question Him! He would later say, “When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
- He was unshakable because of his responsibility to God! Even though he was set back, Job knew that losses did not alter the fact that he was still supposed to live for God! Don’t quit being a Christian when setbacks and afflictions come your way!
Has your faith been flickering on and off as the winds of adversity blow into your soul? Don’t you think it is a good time say like Job, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in Him?”