Fight or Faith?
Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: But I will maintain mine own ways before him.
Imagine for a few moments that you wake without short-term memory and very confused. Your back is on the ground. Kneeling over you are family members and friends.
Questions flood your mind; “where am I?” “how did I get here?”, “what is happening?”
Then the most trusted person in your life reveals a knife and shouts, “Be still,” as the blade quickly comes towards you. Instinct says to fight and flee despite what you hear.
What do you do?
The evidence seems to say that your very own Judas is attacking you and that your “ride or dies” encourage it.
Do you follow your feelings or exercise faith?
Let’s pretend that you pick option one. You knock away the knife as you scream, “Et Tu, Brute?”, punch, kick, and bite your way free and then flee. A few moments later, you collapse and then realize that your faithful friend had been attempting to save you and trying to remove some object that was endangering your life. The little time remaining is filled with regret as you realize that you should have trusted your faithful friend!
Job must have felt like God was against him. He has lost most of his family, fortune, and health in a single day. The three friends before him are preaching that his plight is a product of God’s wrath.
Job was confronted with a choice, fight, or faith.
Will he trust the one who seems to be doing him harm?
That is when Job declares, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him!”
Wow, what an example of steadfast faith Job gives us in that statement!
Perhaps today, your predicament is preaching that God is against you; if so, I assure you he isn’t. To fight and flee from the procedure the Lord is performing will only bring harm.
Hear the Father say, “be still” and heed his command. He has proven himself with his self-sacrifice in your past and will not forsake you in your present distress.
Can you say it from your heart, “though he slay me, yet will I trust him”?
(For years I have been encouraged by the message of this video with a song based upon this passage. I encourage you to listen. https://youtu.be/qyUPz6_TciY )
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