Though he slay me, I will hope in him.

When trouble comes, we first assess the circumstance to see if we can resolve it. Once we determine we can’t, we begin to look outside ourselves. Where we place our trust or hope is determines the impact of our future. God allows or provokes circumstances in our lives to drive us to trust in Him. Through out scripture, we see that over and over. Make no mistake about it, God wants to be the center of our attention, the apple of our eye, the object of our affection, and the nucleus of all we desire.

Remember the post What Hezekiah Prayed For – Deliverance? When God promises deliverance for us, He will do it because He has promised in His Word:  ”Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 Pray for deliverance in your life; listen to God’s response, and trust in what He tells you. The biggest promise God made to us is that we are justified or made righteous by our trust in Him. We also see this in Hezekiah’s life when he received word that he would die in 2 Kings 20. Listen to how He petitioned God in verse 3,  “Remember, O Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” Specifically for us in this dispensation, our righteousness comes from trusting in Jesus Christ.

Job, our text and the focus of our post today, demonstrates trusting in God’s provision for righteousness in his discourse with his friends in Job 13. In verse 15, Job states it explicitly. “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.” Many have contended that Job was prideful and arrogant about his stature before God. For today’s point, I am not going to chase that rabbit down that hole. The focus of my posts are how do we integrate our trust of Jehovah into our lives especially during trying times. Job, for that purpose, is a classic and perfect example. As he responded to his friends, Job told them to be quiet and let him speak in responses to their constant accusations that his sufferings were because of some sin, wickedness or evil he had done. While there are consequences for disobedience, it is always designed to draw the believer back to faith/trust in God rather than self or someone else.

Trust in Him is what Jehovah God wants us to demonstrate. This is what Job does when he says “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;” The word for hope there in the Hebrew is yachal which means to wait, hope, expect i.e. trust or have faith. Are we at the point that we proclaim that to ourselves or others when life goes afoul to our expectations of a turbulentless flight? Thank God that we don’t have to rely on our perfect adherence to the Word of God for our justification. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21. We should all stand in that position in order to be justified before God. Without Christ’s justification, we are doomed in terms of being able to be justified before God. For Isaiah has told us that “all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;”

Though he slay me, I will hope in him.


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