Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him, Job 13:15 is one of the verses I’ve been contemplating. There are times when pain bears down, fear carves hard, love disappoints, and life falls apart. Jobs, health, family, church communities, and friends can fail. Like Job, everything seems to be going wrong, and we have no control.
Yet Job speaks those difficult words in the midst of his physical agony and grief. Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him…
Another story from Daniel about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is similar. They are literally facing a fire, one that will burn them to death. Their answer speaks of faith.
If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. Daniel 3:17-18
The faith that lies in that phrase “EVEN IF HE DOES NOT,” is incredible. A fire is where faith either dies and discouragement takes over, or faith kicks in and praises continue.
Faith is pretty easy when all is well, but when we are facing the fire, facing the failure, facing the diagnosis, facing the financial crisis, that’s when faith gets real.
Habakkuk 3:17-18 says, Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
YET I WILL EXULT IN THE LORD!
Lately, I’ve been working to make that decision. On Sunday mornings when I sing praises, in the car when I run errands, late at night when those worries creep in… Yet I will exult in Him. I will be thankful for the small blessings: a breeze, a song, my pets, a pillow. If I really search, I can turn my despair into praise. I can find something to be thankful for.
It’s not easy. The apostle Paul describes his own pleading that was answered in a way that he’d rather have avoided.
2 Corinthians 12:8-9 says: Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”
God said no to Paul’s pleading. Our troubles don’t always disappear, but we do have a promise.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43
Sometimes, knowing He is with us is what we must cling to, all we have. We are hard-pressed, but He says we won’t be overwhelmed or consumed.
When many were turning away, Jesus asked his disciples a question. “You do not want to leave too, do you?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:67-69
I love that answer. Where else would I go? I’d rather cling to the truth and the love of a merciful God. I’d rather exult Him!
There’s a lot of fear and worry and pain in our world right now, maybe a lot of fear, worry, and pain in your life, but I hope you can find comfort in Him. I hope you can find a way to exult in the Lord.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Are you in that hard place right now? Do you feel the heat of the fire? Does Though He slay me cut into your heart? Can we pray for you that you can find a way to exult Him?
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